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Everyone around the world is learning more and more about the importance of plants to human wellbeing and a sustainable future, and botanic gardens are at the epicentre of these changes. 200 million people visit gardens worldwide every year. And of course, gardens are centres for pleasure and relaxation - so you can support plants whilst enjoying yourself.

 

Have a Day Out

Garden SearchYou can show support by simply visiting a botanic garden. Visitors are proof that gardens are popular and play an important role in society - so everyone who walks through the gates is a vote for plants and gardens. And if there is an entry fee, you know that it is going to support the garden's vital work. Use our garden search to locate gardens when you are travelling or in your own area.

 

Make a Donation

You can help us conserve threatened plants by making a donation to BGCI. No matter what size donation, your contribution can make a real difference to the wellbeing of people and the planet.

 

Get Active

You can donate your time to work as a volunteer, picking up skills and enjoying yourself while you are doing it! Or you can work for a botanic garden, and get paid! All kinds of skills are needed in gardens, from accounting to zoology, so don't rule out the possibility of a career change.

 

Discover Something New

You can learn something new about plants, then tell your friends about what you have learnt. Or get a qualification, go to a congress, or play games to educate yourself about conservation. And remember the importance of knowledge handed down the generations - go and spend time with your parents and grandparents, learn from them about plants and care.

 

Go Shopping

You can shop online - every time you shop at Amazon using one of our links, BGCI gets a commission - at no cost to you. This money goes to support our projects and the gardens we work with.

Shopping at a garden is a way to support your local garden too. So when it comes to gift time, remember you may get something original and support plant conservation in the process. Find a garden near you...

When you shop for garden products, remember to check the origin of your plants, and the effects they and any products you use may have on your local environment. Beware of introducing invasive species or buying wild-collected seed. Find out more about responsible gardening

 

Grow Your Own Garden

Its becoming more and more important to keep green areas, especially in cities, so cultivate plants yourself - for food, home remedies,or pure pleasure. It's easier than you might think and can be very rewarding. The knowledge of how to use and care for plants is almost as important to humanity as the plants themselves. So talk to your grandmother and keep the culture alive. Remember to always check that you are growing suitable species - local, native plants, sourced responsibly. Learn more... or read the Plant Conservation Checklist for Gardeners

   

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WorldChanging
WorldChanging.com works from a simple premise: that the tools, models and ideas for building a better future lie all around us. That the opportunity for profound positive change is already present. That another world is not just possible, it's here. We only need to put the pieces together.

One Billion Trees Campaign
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a worldwide tree planting campaign. Named the "Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign", people, everywhere, from industry, governments and the street are being encouraged to enter tree planting pledges on this website.

Conservation Checklist for Gardeners
An estimated 100,000 of the world's plants are in danger of extinction. As a gardener, you can play an active role in saving threatened plants. Check out the Plant Conservation Checklist for Gardeners to see how you can make a difference in saving the planet’s most important resource.

Avoiding Air Travel
Do you think air travel is the only real option? Or you just can't face the hassle of trying to find alternative routes? This website has gathered all kinds of land and sea route information to help you plan a journey without getting airborne - so you can get there with low environmental impact.

Contribute to the World's Biggest Climate Change Experiment
We need the computer power you're not using. Join in the largest climate prediction experiment ever, developed by climate scientists for the BBC using the Met Office climate model. (A PC-only project)

Botanical Guardians at the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance
GPCA is creating a network of volunteers from throughout the state of Georgia to help locate lost rare plant populations, monitor known locations of endangered habitats, and serve as stewards for the 21 rare habitats under powerline right-of-ways.

 
Go Make a Difference
Packed with tips for treading more lightly, this book will help you live a greener life. Charles Secrett, Director, Friends of the Earth said: "Solutions start at home, with you and me. Think small drops of water and tidal waves - that's the effect this book will have. Go for it!".
Support BGCI: Shop at Amazon
Why not visit the BGCI Store, full of plant, conservation, education and garden books from Amazon, selected by us. Plus, BGCI benefits from your purchases. It won't cost you anything and is a great, easy way to contribute to plant conservation.
Buy "Hard Rain" at Amazon
Hard Rain is a hard-hitting call for action to improve all our lives and the planet. It sets Bob Dylan's song to Mark Edwards collection of photographs.
Make a Donation
Support BGCI's work in combating the devastation of the world's plant life. Help us work towards a world in which plant diversity is valued, secure and able to support all life on earth.