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Cultivate 45: Luxury Shooping Supports Conservation

- February 2014

Cultivate from BGCI

Luxury Shopping Supports Plant Conservation



Dear Cultivator,

BGCI is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with Chic Outlet Shopping®, the Collection of luxury outlet shopping Villages in Europe and China associated with major cities and centres of design. Celebrating the beauty of flowers through its spring campaign, Chic Goes Wild!, the Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages will feature stunning floral installations by designer Mark Colle. The spring campaign will raise awareness and funds for the BGCI network and support our global conservation projects

Chic Goes Wild will be celebrated at the 9 Villages in Europe. Local partnerships to celebrate floral diversity have been formed between these Villages and leading botanic gardens. We hope that some of you will be able to participate in the celebrations. Keep an eye on our website for updates on local events across Europe over the next three months.

The 9 Villages in Europe are:

1. Bicester Village, London
 2.   Fidenza Village, Milan
 3.   Kildare Village, Dublin
 4.   La Roca Village, Barcelona
 5.   Las Rozas Village, Madrid
 6.   La Vallée Village, Paris
 7.   Wertheim Village, Frankfurt
 8.   Ingolstadt Village, Munich
 9.   Maasmechelen Village, Brussels

We are particularly excited about the competition that Chic Outlet Shopping® are running with a magnificent prize – a trip to Shanghai with a VIP tour of the Shanghai Botanical Garden – to celebrate the opening of the newest member of the Chic Outlet Shopping® Collection, Suzhou Village™, in China in May 2014. Click here to enter the competition!

This is a fantastic opportunity to promote plant conservation. Online presence is expected to reach more than 14 million website visitors, in excess of 645,000 Facebook fans, more than 77,000 Twitter followers and more than 31,000 Sina Weibo followers in China.

Lets all follow the example of Chic Outlet Shopping and celebrate plants this spring.

Best wishes from the team at BGCI


News from BGCI


The Xishuangbanna Declaration on Botanical Gardens and Climate Change

The Third Xishuangbanna International Symposium, Botanical Gardens and Climate Change, was held at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yunnan, China, on January 13--16th, 2014. As a result of the Symposium, a Declaration on Botanical Gardens and Climate Change was launched, calling on botanic gardens to use their individual and collective capabilities to take forward climate change research and ensure the conservation of vulnerable species.  Read the complete declaration here


Living Plant Conservation Collections: A Guide for Public Gardens

BGCI US has published a new guide, Building living plant collections to support conservation. The guide features work done by the Montgomery Botanical Center, including genetic evaluation of the Sinkhole Cycad. This guide is designed to provide a general blueprint to help strategically develop conservation collections. Find out more and download a copy of the Guide here


 Progress in conserving threatened species in the US

There has been a 2 percent increase in the number of threatened species in U.S. living botanical collections since 2010, according to a new Progress report on Target 8 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation in the United States. This still leaves more than 3,000 threatened species to add to collections by 2020 for the U.S. to meet the 75% ex situ target of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.

Find out more and download a copy of the report here


Communities in Nature

Two new case studies have been added to the Community Projects World Map, which compiles exemplary cases of Botanic Gardens using educational projects to alleviate issues associated with the environment and social exclusion.

Find out how Bristol Zoo Gardens has helped community groups to establish a collection of Calendula and how Dunedin Botanic Garden is helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to take the first steps towards a career in horticulture, by offering training programmes.

Read these and other inspiring case studies here

You can also read about the aims and successes of Communities in Nature  in the Evaluation Report. Just click on the front cover to download your copy or get more information on the Communties in Nature Page




New MSc in plant conservation - Bangor University

A new, one-year MSc course in Plant Conservation is being offered by Bangor University in Wales, UK. The course is intended for students with a strong interest in conserving the world’s biodiversity and has a particular focus on interactive learning, making extensive use of the university botanic garden (Treborth Botanic Garden) for lectures, seminars and practical classes

Find out more




New members

BGCI is proud to welcome the following new members 

Australia Tree Wise Men

Greece  The Apollon – Delphi Botanic Garden

USA  Lovett Pinetum

Canada Horticulture Centre of the Pacific




3rd Science in Botanic Gardens Congress  April 1-4, 2014 Gran Canaria, 

Call for Papers

The 3rd Science in Botanic Gardens Congress, being organized in association with BGCI,  will be held from Tuesday April 1st - Friday April 4th, 2014 at the Viera y Clavijo Botanical Garden in Gran Canaria.

The Conference will be organized around three major themes:

Theme 1. Botanic gardens and taxonomy, cataloguing plant diversity

Theme 2. The role of molecular biology in understanding plant genetic diversity and its conservation

Theme 3: Conservation Science

The call for papers is now open and the deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 March, 2014.

More information is available on the Congress website:





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