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It's been a long time since I sent out the last Cultivate, probably because in the meantime I have been to two major events, the Education Congress and Eurogard IV.
They've offered a great opportunity for me to meet many of you, and escape from the virtual world of the desk. It's also been good preparation for the next major event: the 3rd Global Botanic Gardens Congress, in China.
At these meetings I started to think about how we value botanic gardens. Why are they sometimes so poorly supported? Is it to do with the wider problem, that people take nature for granted? How can we change perceptions and encourage greater value to be given to plants and their custodians?
It seems to me that a great deal more value could be generated, with a little imagination and inspiration, like that which I found at the meetings and can share with you in this issue. Thanks to Bob Ursem and Katerina Grigoriadou for their stories.
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