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Cultivate 71: Summer has arrived!

- July 2018

Liliana Derewnicka


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No. 71 (July 2018)
Cultivate from BGCI
Summer has arrived!

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Dear Cultivator,

We hope you are enjoying some warm weather. In this issue of Cultivate we are sharing lots of things for your to get involved with. From training opportunities, conferences and surveys, to benchmarking and accreditation to help you acknowledge and promote the important work your garden is doing.




LearnToEngage Science Communication module – applications open

The LearnToEngage Science Communication module offers a training opportunity for botanic gardens and museum staff from the UK, Portugal and Italy to build their skills in this increasingly important and popular discipline.The aim of this 12-week blended learning course is to build capacity to engage audiences with science and make it relevant to their lives. The module involves 11 weeks of online learning and one on-site week at Muse Science Centre in Trento, Italy.
Deadline: 15th July. Find out more

Red listing and forest restoration modules now available

We are pleased to announce that our suite of e-learning modules for red listing and forest restoration are now available on the BGCI website. These resources were funded by the Convention on Biological Diversity and The Japan Biodiversity Fund. The modules are currently available in English, further languages will be available later this year.


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Get involved


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).


Your views on the future of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC)

The GSPC has 16 output-oriented targets to be achieved by 2020. The follow-up to the GSPC post-2020 will be considered as part of the development of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework. We want to ensure that plant conservation has an important role in this framework – and need your support. Share your views on the GSPC and its future by completing a short questionnaire. This is available in English and French.


Crop wild relative ex situ  gap analysis

In partnership with the United States Botanic Garden, we are working to assess living collections of crop wild relatives in North America. We are interested in the following species: Asimina tetramera, Eugenia koolauensis, Juglans hindsii, Manihot walkerae, Prunus geniculate, Prunus havardii, Ribes erythrocarpum, Ribes binominatum, Rubus hawaiensis, and Santalum ellipticum.

If you have any of these taxa in your collection, please send a full electronic export of any associated living accessions to Nick Barton, BGCI-US Research Associate, by 16th July. Find out more 


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BGCI accreditation

Launched in April, BGCI’s accreditation scheme distinguishes botanic gardens from non-botanic gardens and recognises achievements in plant conservation. The BGCI Botanic Garden Accreditation is aimed at botanical institutions wishing to establish their credentials as botanic gardens. The BGCI Conservation Practitioner Accreditation recognises botanic gardens with a conservation-oriented approach. The BGCI Advanced Conservation Practitioner Accreditation recognises botanic gardens with a focus on conservation actions that support local, national or global conservation goals. Contact Brian Lainoff  with any questions.


Find out how your garden already does important conservation work!

BGCI-US and The American Public Gardens Association are proud to announce the launch of our Plant Conservation and Biodiversity Benchmarking site. This provides the most comprehensive look at current plant conservation capacity for all public gardens throughout North America. The tool allows you to access, analyse, and download reports relevant to your garden and conservation goals – and see how your activities align with international plant conservation strategies!


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


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Deadline extended for GPPC registration

The deadline for Early Bird registration for the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation Conference, which will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, 28th - 30th August 2018 has been extended to 15th July. The 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

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Education Congress: New keynote speaker

Dr Ian Edwards will introduce the Reaching New Audiences theme of the Congress. Ian is Head of Public Engagement at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Having trained as a research ecologist he is still surprised to find himself running an art programme, cultural events and a community engagement programme for more than 100,000 people each year. He is passionate about the relationship between diversity and resilience, and the need to create a diverse culture and ecology better able to adapt to environmental change.
Register for the congress 


Join us for the next public symposium of the Ecological Restoration Alliance of Botanic Gardens at Royal Botanical Gardens (Ontario, Canada) 3rd October 2018

The Ecological Restoration Alliance of Botanic Gardens (ERA) is excited to announce that the next ERA public symposium and meeting will be hosted by Royal Botanical Gardens (Ontario, Canada). The public symposium entitled Restoration in Urban Areas will bring together restoration practitioners and researchers from across the world to discuss how to deliver effective ecological restoration, particularly in the urban context. Abstract submission deadline is 13th July. Find out more and submit your abstract


bgen Annual Conference 7th - 9th November 2018

This year’s bgen conference, hosted jointly by Cambridge University’s Botanic Garden and The Sainsbury Laboratory, will focus on communicating plant science and research to a wide range of audiences.  Join plant scientists from Cambridge University and The Sainsbury Laboratory, the team at the Garden, plant science communicators and educators from across the UK, for three days of ‘Talking Plants’ in Cambridge. Find out more

Call for abstracts:

Do you have an inspirational activity or project that engages your audiences with plant science? Or are you a researcher with some exciting science to share? Why not spread the word at the bgen conference? 
This year we are accepting abstracts for posters about new research and new content to support science communication about plants. Not only will the posters be visible throughout the conference, but there will also be a dedicated session where you will have the opportunity to answer questions and discuss your work in detail, giving you the perfect chance to disseminate you projects and get new ideas. 
To be featured among the posters at the bgen conference send a 300 word (max) abstract to

Deadline: 31st July.


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New report highlights global trade in wild plant ingredients

A new report from TRAFFIC draws attention to the wild plant ingredients used in everyday products and the need for their traceable, sustainable and ethical sourcing and trade. Wild at Home: An overview of the harvest and trade in wild plant ingredients, demonstrates how sustainable wild plant harvesting can contribute to wider wildlife conservation goals and why global industry must adapt. The report highlights a dozen wild plant products consumers and business should look out for in products they use, including liquorice, frankincense, gum arabic, juniper, pygeum, goldenseal, and shea butter. Find out more


American Eden

The untold story of Hamilton’s—and Burr’s—personal physician, whose dream to build America’s first botanical garden inspired the young Republic. Find out more


Around the World in 80 Trees

In Around the World in 80 Trees, expert Jonathan Drori uses plant science to illuminate how trees play a role in every part of human life, from the romantic to the regrettable. Each of the strange and true tales are illustrated by Lucille Clerc. Find out more 


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New members


BGCI is delighted to welcome the following institutions and individuals as members, friends, supporters and donors:


Xi'an Botanical Garden of Shaanxi Province, China
Lushan Botanical Garden, China
Department of National Botanic Gardens, Sri Lanka
University of Delaware Botanic Gardens, United States
Mount Kenya University Proposed Botanic Garden, Kenya
Sharjah Botanical Gardens, United Arab Emirates
Alamosa Land Institute, United States
Harji-Van Botanic Garden and Park, India
Jardín Botánico Cuenta Soles, Argentina
Asociación Etnobotánica Paraguaya, Paraguay


Barbara Fletcher, United Kingdom
Stephan Roussounis, United Kingdom
Harry Jongerden, Canada
Jeri Deneen, United States
Ronald Javitch, Canada
Sylvan Kaufman, United States
Christophe Genoud, Switzerland
Cecilia Elizondo, Mexico
Dana M Dafnis, United States
Leslie Morris Smith, United States
Raymond D Maldonado, United States