Our supporters and partners > Patrons
Patron institutions are crucial to the future of BGCI.
The world's largest botanic gardens support our work both financially and with in-kind donations.
We are delighted to have The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Chicago Botanic Garden, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, United States Botanic Garden the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland and the Al-Thani Botanical Centre as our current Patron Gardens. These institutions act as key partners to BGCI and help to shape our programmes of work in a mutually beneficial way.
“BGCI does vital work in linking and supporting botanic gardens around the world and helping each of us to learn from our colleagues. Kew was a founder member of BGCI and is proud to be a patron member. It is a relationship of great value to us.” Richard Deverell, Director, RBG, Kew
BGCI 's head office is based at RBG, Kew. We also run the acclaimed International Diplomas in Botanic Garden Education and Botanic Garden Management together and enjoy close collaboration in many other areas. In 2013 we will continue to jointly develop plans for the Ecological Restoration Alliance of botanic gardens. .
“It is largely through the efforts of BGCI that the global community of botanic gardens has found a powerful and influential voice, speaking up for the fundamental importance of plants in the ecology of our planet and influencing international policy at the highest levels” Stephen Blackmore, Regius Keeper, RBGE Edinburgh.
We enjoy a close working relationship with RBGE. Our most recent work together is the global conservation assessments of Rhododendrons. The Red List of Rhododendrons was published in 2011. Building on this, the International Rhododendron Conservation Conference will be held at RBGE on 20-21 April 2013.
"The world's botanic gardens rely upon BGCI's global network to ensure that their important contributions to plant conservation are globally recognised and supported. The Chicago Botanic Garden has been an active member and strong supporter of BGCI since 1995, and is proud to now host its U.S. office." Sophia Siskel, President and CEO, Chicago Botanic Garden
Our U.S. office is based at Chicago Botanic Garden, and graduate students in the garden’s joint Plant Biology and Conservation graduate program with Northwestern University are helping to carry out our Care for the Rare project and helping to identify exceptional species in need of research and ex situ conservation efforts. .
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, occupying a stunning position wrapped around a cove on the edge of Sydney Harbour is the oldest scientific institution in Australia. We work closely with the (Botanic Gardens of Australia and New Zealand) BGANZ network, recently running the International Certificate in Botanic Garden Management in the Asia Pacific Region together.
“The United States Botanic Garden has been an active supporter of BGCI and is particularly thrilled to be working with BGCI-US on conservation projects, seed collection, and an assessment of the threatened flora of North America. The work done globally by BGCI is so important to the conservation of the world’s flora. Here in the United States, BGCI-US provides leadership and coordination among botanic gardens and arboreta that is invaluable to all of us.” Holly Shimizu, Executive Director, United States Botanic Garden- Washington DC
Our U.S. office partnered with the United States Botanic Garden to create the Care for the Rare project, and following our collaborative North American Collections Assessment we continue to partner to build the content and quality or our PlantSearch database to support future assessments.
"The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland has been a member of BGCI for over 20 years and has greatly valued the wonderful leadership and support provided by BGCI. It is a real honour for the Garden to become a BGCI Patron Garden, showing our continued committment to BGCI and its vital work in the building the international botanic garden movement". Peter Wyse Jackson, Director, National Botanic Gardens of Ireland
We are delighted that the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland is a BGCI Patron Garden, the 4th Global Botanic Gardens Congress was held here in June 2010.
The Al Thani Botanical Centre is BGCI's newest Patron Garden and is the first Botanical Garden of Qatar. It is located in the heart of the Qatari desert near the town of Al Shahaniyah