Botanic Gardens Conservation International
BGCI provides a global voice for all botanic gardens, championing and celebrating their inspiring work. We are the world's largest plant conservation network, open to all. Join us in helping to save the world's threatened plants.


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, Chicago Botanic Garden, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, United States Botanic Garden, Dunedin Botanic Garden, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, and The Morton Arboretum 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. 

Chicago Botanic Garden
RBG Sydney
United States Botanic GardenKadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden

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.


"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

Graduate students in Chicago Botanic 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 Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) in Hong Kong is BGCI's latest Patron Member. Since 2003 KFBG has been involved in a scholarship programme for Chinese botanic garden staff, initiated in collaboration with BGCI.


 "BGCI is recognized as the leading plant conservation organization in the world, supporting and coordinating the international network of botanic gardens and arboreta in concerted efforts to save plants from extinction" Dr. Gerard T. Donnelly, President and CEO The Morton Arboretum.

The Morton Arboretum and BGCI have signed a Memorandum of Collaboration for tree conservation. The Morton Arboretum are very active supporters of the Global Trees Campaign, a joint initiative between BGCI and Fauna and Flora International to safeguard the world's threatened trees. The Morton Arboretum and BGCI host a joint position; a Global Tree Conservation Officer, appointed in 2014, and will be leading global red listing of Oaks and supporting other Global Trees Campaign activities.


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