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PlantNetwork Conference: Cultivation and Display of Native Species

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1-3 April 2008

Clare College, Cambridge, UK

With Cambridge University Botanic Garden

A conference on habitat displays in gardens, naturalistic planting, and propagation and cultivation of native species, all in the context of conservation of rare and threatened plant species in the flora of Britain and Ireland and engaging public interest. It will relate to Target 8 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, linking in situ and ex situ conservation.

The conference will consider the establishment, management and maintenance of displays of native species in relation to engaging the interest of staff and the public in the flora of Britain and Ireland, the threats it faces and its conservation. There will be progress reports on the PlantNetwork Target 8 Project on threatened species, with a focus on examples of in situ and ex situ partnerships.

  • Habitat displays of British and Irish native species
  • Semi-natural plantings in botanic and historic gardens
  • Fens, wetlands, bog gardens, meadows, woodland
  • Presenting native plants to the public
  • National and International Conservation Days

Cambridge University Botanic Garden has a strong tradition of cultivating British plants for public display and conservation, and the staff look forward to welcoming you. The conference will be held in Clare College, in beautiful buildings close to the River Cam. It will run from 2.30pm on 1 April to 6pm on 3 April.

Tours and Visits

  • Clare College Gardens, renowned for specimen trees and herbaceous planting
  • Cambridge University Botanic Garden
  • Kingfishers Bridge Wetland


Please download the booking form (Word doc 142kb) here or from the PlantNetwork website, or contact
Judy Cheney, PlantNetwork Administrator Tel 01223 763901,

For bursaries towards travel and attendance, see


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