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Cultivate 46:Final few weeks of the Chic Goes Wild! spring campaign

- April 2014

Liliana Derewnicka




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  No. 46 (April 2014)

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Final few weeks of the Chic Goes Wild! spring campaign



Dear Cultivator,

We are happily continuing with our partnership with Chic Outlet Shopping®, during their spring campaign, Chic Goes Wild!, which ends this month. To help celebrate the beauty of flowers the Chic Outlet Shopping team have been promoting projects run by BGCI and our partner gardens which aim to conserve some of the most beautiful but threatened flowering plants across the world. Through their social media Chic Outlet Shopping are raising awareness of conservation projects focused on:

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 Magnolia in Cuba and China




Also ending this month is the Chic Goes Wild Instagram competition. Bicester village is offering  £500 in shopping vouchers for the best floral inspired image. The lucky winner will be chosen by BGCI. To enter the competition, simply upload your flowery photographs to instagram @Bicester village, using the hashtag #ChicGoesWild. You can find the full terms and conditions here.

With an impressive online following of over 77,000 Twitter followers and 645,000 Facebook fans, worldwide, this partnership has offered BGCI the opportunity to promote its projects to a very large and varied audience, providing an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of plant conservation.

Best wishes from the team at BGCI


News from BGCI


The International Plant Sentinel Network (IPSN)

The IPSN is being developed to help safeguard global plant health by providing an early warning system of new and emerging plant pest and pathogen risks; for more information please go to:
The ultimate aim of the project is to create a sustainable and viable network that provides valuable scientific evidence to plant health regulators on an international scale. Subsequently, in these early stages of the IPSN, we are looking for interested gardens willing to trial monitoring methodologies, training materials, databases and forums, identify examples of best practice and generally provide feedback in order to help shape and guide development.

For information on how to get involved and what being an IPSN Member Garden will involve please click here or contact the IPSN coordinator Ellie Barham

 Moroccan workshop on the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation

A workshop on the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) was held on March 31 and 01 April in Marrakech, Morocco.  The workshop was organised by BGCI in collaboration with the Global Diversity Foundation (GDF) with the generous support of the Government of Japan (through the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity) and the Government of the UK (through the Darwin Initiative). Participants discussed progress in implementing the GSPC in Morocco and made recommendations on how to fill gaps and address capacity building needs.

Find out more here:

Growing recognition of the need for plant conservation in Ethiopia

During a recent visit to Ethiopia, BGCI staff were thrilled to see the development of two new botanic gardens, the restoration of an arboretum project, and hear about the development of new botanic gardens in the country. Ethiopia possesses one of the richest assemblages of plants in the African continent and is the origin of many globally important crop species. These national institutions will play a vital role in conservation of the country’s unique plant diversity. In October of this year, BGCI will return to Ethiopia to deliver a training course to botanic garden managers in Ethiopia, in collaboration with the Ethiopian Institute for Biodiversity.

Find out more about botanic garden development in Ethiopia here:

Read more about the threatened trees of Ethiopia on the Global Trees Campaign website:

Mid-term review of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC)

A mid-term review of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation 2011-2020 will be carried out by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) during 2014. In preparation for this mid-term review, a draft background document giving details of progress to date towards the targets has been compiled by BGCI, in association with the CBD Secretariat. The document is now open for peer review and all interested parties are encouraged to submit comments on the draft.

Find out more here:

INQUIRE Conference Proceedings

This year saw the end of the INQUIRE project which developed and offered teacher training courses in 11 European countries over a period of three years with the aim of reinvigorating Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE) across Europe. In July last year a two-day conference was organised to celebrate the project’s successes, reflect on its challenges and bring together researchers and professionals from across Europe.
The INQUIRE Conference Proceedings are now available online. The documents contain keynote speeches, posters, workshops and papers presented at the conference and highlighting best practice in IBSE

Get more information or download your own copy.

 International Diploma in Botanic Garden education

Next month will see the start of BGCI and RBG, Kew’s five week course in botanic garden education. The course runs from 12th May until 13th June and covers topics such as:
·    Identification of target groups, including informal and formal audiences
·    Interpretation – principles and practice
·    Life long learning strategies Marketing
·    Intellectual and physical access to sites
·    Fundraising
·    Monitoring and evaluation
·    Strategic planning
·    Project management


Through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminar and practical activities, students from across the globe will be given the expertise to create and develop an effective education programme at their site.

For more information about the impact that this short course can have on a botanic garden read testimonials from previous students:

Green Treasure of Azerbijan

An exhibition entitled Green treasure of Azerbaijan will open in Baku on 2nd May 2014.
The exhibition is part of a project to protect relict Zelokova species from extinction and aims to raise awareness of the spectacular relict trees and forests in the Hyrcanian region of the Talysh Mountains, southeastern Azerbaijan

 find out more:


Garden Search


Gardens at the extremities

Have you ever wondered which botanic gardens are located in the most extreme environments, or even where you might find a list of all the botanic gardens in a particular country?  Well, BGCI’s GardenSearch database has the answers.  The most northerly garden that we are aware is Tromso Botanic Garden in Norway, while the most southerly is the Jardín del Árido Patagónico in Argentina. Other ‘extreme’ gardens include an arboretum in Greenland and two botanic gardens in Iceland.  Explore the world of botanic gardens using our GardenSearch database, and don’t forget that you can use the ‘Advanced Search’ function to identify expertise, facilities, and resources in those institutions




New members

BGCI is proud to welcome the following new members 

Norway Stavanger Botanic Garden

China Fuzhou Botanical Garden




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


 Thank you to the Jardín Botánico Canario “Viera y Clavijo”, UNESCO and the Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Emergencias del Cabildo de Gran Ganaria for organising and hosting the 3rd Science in Botanic Gardens Congress. Held in association with BGCI, the meeting demonstrated that science is alive and well and living in botanic gardens!

Outcomes from the meeting will be made available on BGCI website shortly. 


New Publications

 BGCI is collaborating with the University of Ghent Botanic Garden to undertake conservation assessments of Hydrangea and assess the value of ex situ collections of several plant groups. Through this collaboration, two new journal articles have recently been published:

Samain, M.S., et al. (2014) First record of the Critically Endangered Hydrangea steyermarkii Standl. (Hydrangaceae) in Mexico, and description of a new widespread Hydrangea species of Mesoamerica. Phytotaxa. 162: 4. pp 282-297:

Larridon, I., et al. (2014) Is there a future for the Cactaceae genera Copiapoa, Eriosyce and Eulychnia? A status report of a prickly situation. Biodiversity and Conservation. 23: 5. pp 1249-1287:



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