BGCI Patron Gardens
Patron Gardens are crucial to the future of BGCI
The world's largest botanic gardens support our work both financially and with in-kind donations. BGCI’s Patron Gardens include the largest, most influential gardens in the world, and are entitled to the following additional benefits:
• A seat on BGCI’s prestigious International Advisory Council
• Office space and office support when visiting London
• Preferential fund raising and project development activities
• The opportunity to speak at BGCI Congresses
• Invitations to BGCI special events
• A feature on BGCI’s website
We are delighted to have the Royal Botanic Gardens, Victoria, South China Botanical Garden, Shanghai Botanical Garden, Singapore Botanic Garden, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Chicago Botanic Garden, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, United States Botanic Garden, Dunedin Botanic Garden, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, The Morton Arboretum, Missouri Botanical Garden, Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden, Shenzhen Fairy Lake Botanic Garden and Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden as our current Patron Gardens. These institutions act as key partners to BGCI and help to shape our programmes of work in a mutually beneficial way.
Chicago Botanic Garden (USA)
Graduate students in Chicago Botanic Garden’s joint Plant Biology and Conservation graduate program with Northwestern University are helping to carry out our Care for the Rare project and helping to identify exceptional species in need of research and ex situ conservation efforts.
"The world's botanic gardens rely upon BGCI's global network to ensure that their important contributions to plant conservation are globally recognised and supported. The Chicago Botanic Garden has been an active member and strong supporter of BGCI since 1995, and is proud to now host its U.S. office." Sophia Shaw, President and CEO, Chicago Botanic Garden
Dunedin Botanic Garden (New Zealand)
Fairylake Botanical Garden, Shenzhen (China)
Fairylake Botanical Garden, Shenzhen became a BGCI Patron Garden in 2015. The Garden serves multiple functions, including botanical research, scientific education, ex situ conservation, exhibition, and tourism. It is also the only integrated organization for botanical research, conservation and utilization in Shenzhen.
Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (Hong Kong)
The Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) in Hong Kong became a Patron Member in 2013. Since 2003 KFBG has been involved in a scholarship programme for Chinese botanic garden staff, initiated in collaboration with BGCI.
Missouri Botanical Garden (USA)
BGCI collaborates closely with the Missouri Botanical Garden in many aspects of our work. Most recently, Missouri hosted BGCI's 9th International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens.
“The Missouri Botanical Garden is delighted to be a Patron Garden member of BGCI. The importance of BGCI’s work in networking botanic gardens worldwide for plant conservation cannot be over-stated and we are pleased therefore to play our part”. Peter Wyse-Jackson, President & CEO, MBG
Morton Arboretum (USA)
The Morton Arboretum and BGCI have signed a Memorandum of Collaboration for tree conservation. The Morton Arboretum are very active supporters of the Global Trees Campaign, a joint initiative between BGCI and Fauna and Flora International to safeguard the world's threatened trees. The Morton Arboretum and BGCI host a joint position; a Global Tree Conservation Officer, appointed in 2014, and will be leading global red listing of Oaks and supporting other Global Trees Campaign activities.
"BGCI is recognized as the leading plant conservation organization in the world, supporting and coordinating the international network of botanic gardens and arboreta in concerted efforts to save plants from extinction" Gerard T. Donnelly, President and CEO The Morton Arboretum.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (UK)
BGCI 's head office is based at RBG, Kew. We also run the acclaimed International Diploma in Botanic Garden Education together and enjoy close collaboration in many other areas.
“BGCI does vital work in linking and supporting botanic gardens around the world and helping each of us to learn from our colleagues. Kew was a founder member of BGCI and is proud to be a patron member. It is a relationship of great value to us.” Richard Deverell, Director, RBG, Kew
Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney (Australia)
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, occupying a stunning position wrapped around a cove on the edge of Sydney Harbour is the oldest scientific institution in Australia. We work closely with the (Botanic Gardens of Australia and New Zealand) BGANZ network, recently running the International Certificate in Botanic Garden Management in the Asia Pacific Region together.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Victoria (Australia)
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Victoria, incorporates two outstanding botanic gardens. It is also home to the State Botanical Collection (including 1.5 million preserved plants, algae and fungi) and a regional hub for plant knowledge, with internationally recognized biodiversity, conservation and urban ecology research programs.
Shanghai Botanical Garden (China)
Shanghai Botanical Garden became a BGCI Patron Garden in 2016.
Shanghai Chenshen Botanical Garden (China)
Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden became a BGCI Patron Garden in 2015. Chenshan Botanical Garden, Shanghai is a comprehensive botanical garden with strong scientific content and beautiful garden landscapes, integrating scientific research, popularization of science, landscape and leisure.
Singapore Botanic Garden (Singapore)
Singapore Botanic Garden became a BGCI Patron Garden in 2015, following their achievement of UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
South China Botanical Garden (China)
“BGCI is well acknowledged as the largest plant conservation network in the world, especially for its great contribution to the development and implementation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC). BGCI is the effective exchange and sharing platform on plant conservation, plant science research, public education and plant resource utilization among world's botanical gardens. SCBG has been actively involved in the activities of BGCI and strongly supported BGCI.” Hai Ren, Director of South China Botanical Garden
United States Botanic Garden (USA)
“The United States Botanic Garden has been an active supporter of BGCI and is particularly thrilled to have worked with BGCI-US on conservation projects, seed collection, and an assessment of the threatened flora of North America. The work done globally by BGCI is so important to the conservation of the world’s flora. Here in the United States, BGCI-US provides leadership and coordination among botanic gardens and arboreta that is invaluable to all of us.” Holly Shimizu, Executive Director, United States Botanic Garden- Washington DC.
Our U.S. office partnered with the United States Botanic Garden to create the Care for the Rare project, and following our collaborative North American Collections Assessment we continue to partner to build the content and quality or our PlantSearch database to support future assessments.
Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (China)
Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden became a BGCI Patron Garden in 2016