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Cultivate 70: One year on

- April 2018

Liliana Derewnicka




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 No. 70 (April 2018)

Cultivate from BGCI

One year on

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Dear Cultivator,

We have a full issue of Cultivate for you this April. There is news of new grant opporutnities and scholarships for attendance at the 10th International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens as well as exciting new publications and surveys for you to get involved with. A year has passed since the launch of GlobalTreeSearch and to mark the occasion we have made an updated list of the world’s tree species available to download. Work has continued over the past year, updating and amending the database when new information becomes available. When launched in April 2017, GlobalTreeSearch documented 60,065 tree species. The number of tree species is now 60,096.

Find out about the changes that have been made.  




Marsh Awards

BGCI is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the Marsh Awards for International Plant Conservation and Botanic Garden Education sponsored by the Marsh Christian Trust. If you know of someone in their early/mid career who has made an outstanding contribution to either of these areas then why not nominate them? The deadline for nominations is 31st July. Find out more



Complete the survey: As well as in depth research into public opinion on food security issues being conducted through our Partner organisations, BigPicnic is seeking to carry out a large-scale survey to look at what motivates people across Europe and beyond to choose the food they eat. This will help us to develop recommendations to shape the future of research and innovation in areas related to food and food security. Complete the survey now!

Keep up to date: The latest issue of Big News from BigPicnic has been published. This edition covers how the Partner gardens are promoting public dialogue on food security with science cafes. Find out more

Remember you can receive all BigPicnic updates straight into your email inbox by signing up to the Big News. Just scroll to the bottom of any page on the BigPicnic website and enter your email address or follow us on Twitter (BigPicnic_EU)


BGCI-Minnesota Landscrape Arboretum Grant - deadline today!!

Applications are invited for the BGCI-Minnesota Landscape Grant. The purpose of the MLA grants is to aid botanic gardens or arboreta around the world that are having difficulty in carrying out their mission. The grants may be used for any part of the gardens’ work, operations, conservation, education or research.  The size of the grants available are US $500 to US $1000. The deadline for applications is 30th April. Find out more    


US tree collections and conservation gap analysis - deadline today!!

This assessment will include an in-depth review of ex situ accessions alongside an in situ analysis of threats and mitigation efforts for wild populations. A final report will highlight key areas of need by genus, region, and species, as well as replicable methods we hope can lead the way for similar studies. Priority tree genera have been targeted: Carya, Fagus, Gymnocladus, Juglans, Lindera, Magnolia, Persea, Pinus, Sassafras, Taxus. The deadline for providing collection information for this analysis is 30th April. Find out more


BGCI / ArbNet Botanic Garden Partnership Programme – deadline extended to 15th May

The deadline for submitting applications to be included in the second phase of the BGCI/ArbNet Partnership Programme has been extended to 15th May.  To participate in the programme, all gardens / arboreta must complete this short survey.  Successful partnerships that involve BGCI / ArbNet members will be eligible to apply for a small grant to support partnership activities. Find out more


LearnToEngage onsite week

From 5th – 10th February the LearnToEngage team and 20 course participants from botanic gardens, museums and informal education sites in the UK, Portugal and Italy, descended on the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to discuss audience development as part of the Working with Diverse Audiences module of the LearnToEngage training courses. Find out more


Threatened Plants award launched with International Garden Photographer of the Year

BGCI has joined forces with the International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY), the world’s most prestigious photography competition for gardens, plants and green spaces. The partnership will focus on highlighting endangered species of plants through the launch of the Threatened Plants Photographic Award. Photographers can enter images of rare and threatened plant species into the Beauty of Plants category of the main IGPOTY competition. Winners will then be selected by IGPOTY and BGCI.

IGPOTY Competition 12 is now open. Find out more

Do you want to display some of these amazing photos at your site? IGPOTY would like to discuss tailored exhibition opportunities with members of BGCI. This includes a first-time discount. Find out more  


Tree planting with schools 

Last week, BGCI and Satrfish Malawi visited Bedgebury Pinetum to run three workshops with local schools as part of Save our Cedar. As well as learning about threatened trees and conservation the schools helped to plant Mulanje Cedar seeds that will form part of the work Bedgebury Pinetum is carrying out for the project. Save our Cedar aims to restore populations of Mulanje Cedar (Malawi's national tree) and generate alternative sustainable income for communities currently relying on timber production. Fine out more


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International Symposium: Botanic Gardens in Science 

In 2018, the Bonn University Botanic Gardens will celebrate its 200th anniversary. 200 years dedicated to science and education, and – increasingly – to the conservation of biological diversity and public outreach. To celebrate this occasion, an international symposium is being organised on June 15th on the specific role of botanic gardens in science, today and in the future. Find out more   


Plant Conservation Conference – registration and abstract submission now open

A Conference of the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation will be held in South Africa from 28th-30th August, 2018.  This conference will bring together plant conservation scientists, policy makers and practitioners from across the world to consider the future of plant conservation, and in particular to develop ideas for a global plant conservation strategy for the post-2020 period.  Find out more 


Sentinel plantings for detecting alien, potentially damaging tree pests: State of the Art 2018

A conference focused on the use of sentinel plants to identify alien plant pests will be held in Sursee, Switzerland from 9th -12th October, 2018.  This will be of particular interest to researchers involved in tree health and forest protection. Find out more


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Education Congress

New scholarship opportunities: We are now able to offer additional scholarships for educators from small botanic gardens around the world. The deadline for applications is 31st May. Find out more 

Speakers: We have now announced two key-note speakers. Marianne Krasny will kick of the conference by talking about her work in urban ecology and education and Nico Wissing will be introducing the City Gardens theme by presenting his work in garden design.

BGCI is pleased to welcome The Morton Arboretum, Naples Botanical Garden and Missouri Botanical Garden as our Gold Sponsors.

Don’t forget to register by 15th May to receive the early-bird discount!

Register now!


Orchid Conference

As part of the 23rd World Orchid Conference to be held in Taichung, Taiwan in 2020, a call for proposals is now open for ‘Project Seeding: Orchid Conservation Initiative’. This call is for projects focusing on the propagation and reintroduction of threatened orchids around the world. Find out more


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Fraxinus Red list

The Global Tree Assessment has produced the Red List of Fraxinus. Encouragingly, only 21% of the group are considered to be threatened with extinction, which is much lower than other botanical groups which have been assessed such as the magnolias (48% of species threatened). Find out more 


New global assessment of orchid collections

BGCI-US, in partnership with the United States Botanic Garden, have published a global ex situ survey of orchids. One of the largest plant families in the world, orchids occur naturally in nearly every ecosystem on Earth. Orchids are also economically important and are often over-collected in the wild. Ex situ collections are a vital conservation measure offering protection to species away from their native habitat and any in situ threats. Find out more 


BGCI's first technical review is now available in Spanish

The technical review includes an updated list of criteria that define a botanic garden and a number of recommendations to aid botanic garden strategic planning. Download the report in EnglishSpanish and Chinese 


Proceedings of the 7th EuroGard Congress, which was held in Paris from 6th - 10th  July, 2015, are now available to download from the BGCI and European Botanic Gardens Consortium websites 


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New members

BGCI is delighted to welcome the following institutions and individuals as new members:


Botanic Gardens of Toyama, Japan

Botanica Palm Hills, Egypt

Fresh Sunny Ecology and Organic Plantations Corp, Philippines

Fundación Progressio, Dominican Republic

Herbario Nacional de Bolivia, Bolivia

Hipper, Malta

Jardin Botanique de l'Observatoire du Monde des Plantes, Belgium

Jardin Botanique de le Villa Thuret, France

Jevremovac Botanical Garden, Serbia

Kamianets-Podilskyi Botanical Garden, Ukraine, 

Museo Orto Botanico dell'Università di Bari, Italy

Stone Lane Gardens, UK



Mary E Barkworth, USA

Monoranjan Chowdhury, India

Maura Flannery, USA

Chris Reynolds, UK

Seung Rhee, USA

Maureen Thomas, UK

S J Thomas, UK

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