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Botanic Garden Resource Pack

Institution members of BGCI receive many benefits of membership, including the Botanic Gardens Management Resource Pack. All new members get the pack when they sign up. It's full of extremely useful manuals and resources to help staff at the garden. Consisting of a range of useful materials from the Darwin Technical Manual to BG Recorder plant data logging software, it's a key set of tools for new or established gardens.

The pack includes:


Darwin Technical Manual for Botanic Gardens
A clear and concise technical handbook for the management of botanic gardens bringing together current knowledge and practice of managing a botanic garden so that informed decisions can be made by those involved with botanic gardens in all parts of the world.

A Handbook for Botanic Gardens on the Reintroduction of Plants to the Wild
This handbook explores some of the issues and challenges facing botanic gardens in this field and provides some guidance in activities associated with the reintroduction of plants to the wild.

A CITES Manual for botanic gardens
The principles and practices of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) as they relate to botanic gardens.


Two of the most recent back issues in addition to the current edition

Published twice a year this is BGCI's major regular publication and enables gardens to share news of developments, experiences and knowledge regularly.

Roots - Environmental Education Review
Roots is published twice a year as a service to the BGCI education network. Each edition is themed in order to focus attention on an aspect of environmental education.


The International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation
A global framework for botanic gardens in conservation to help stem the loss of plant species and their genetic diversity and the further degradation of the world's natural environment.

Global Strategy for Plant Conservation
An innovative framework for actions at global, regional, national and local levels. The landmark strategy sets 16 outcome-orientated targets, aimed at achieving a series of measurable goals by 2010. Published by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity in association with BGCI.

Environment Education in Botanic Gardens
This guide provides gardens with a framework within which to develop their own individual education programmes and strategies.

Multimedia Tools

A Microsoft Access software template designed to help gardens manage their botanical collections, and compatible with the International Transfer Format. (Free to members on request).

BGCI Web Resources
BGCI members have access to gardens-only areas of the website giving a range of exciting benefits: download publications for free, advertise vacancies, look for volunteers, plus many more features.

A major feature of the website is the global garden database where you can inform the world about your garden with material including photographs and events. The Plant Search database is also here, helping us work out how much plant diversity is being saved worldwide.

The Darwin Technical Manual
Everything you could want to know about starting and running a botanic garden is contained in this unique resource. Written in collaboration with 87 people from 22 countries, it is available in French, Spanish and English. New BGCI Members are given the Manual along with lots of other key resources.
The Essential Garden Design Workbook
A well-designed garden provides pleasure to owner and visitor alike but often eludes even the most experienced gardener. This book guides you through every stage of designing a garden, from site assessment to drawing up plans and selecting suitable materials, from initial concept to final design.
Managing Visitor Attractions
'Managing Visitor Attractions' is a unique text that provides a cutting edge insight into the issues, principles and practices of visitor attractions today and into the future.