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BGCI Patron Gardens

Patron Gardens are crucial to the future of BGCI

BGCI’s Patron Gardens support our work both financially and with in-kind donations. They include some of the largest, most influential gardens in the world, and are entitled to the following additional benefits:

•    A seat on BGCI’s prestigious International Advisory Council
•    Office space and office support when visiting London
•    Preferential fund raising and project development activities
•    The opportunity to speak at BGCI Congresses
•    Invitations to BGCI special events
•    A feature on BGCI’s website

We are delighted to have Atlanta Botanical Garden, Baekdudaegan National ArboretumChicago Botanic Garden, Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques de la Ville de GenèveFairylake Botanical Garden, Shenzhen,  Huntington Botanical Gardens, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic GardenMissouri Botanical GardenThe Morton ArboretumThe Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, The Royal Botanic Gardens, SydneyThe Royal Botanic Gardens, VictoriaShanghai Botanical Garden, Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden, Singapore Botanic Garden,  South China Botanical GardenUnited States Botanic Garden,   Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden 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. 

Atlanta Botanical Garden (USA)

Atlanta Botanical Garden became a BGCI Patron Garden in 2017.

Baekdudaegan National Arboretum (South Korea)

Baekdudaegan National Arboretum became a BGCI Patron Garden in 2017. BDNA was established to exhibit, educate, and preserve native plants, rare plants, endemic plants and alpine plants of Korea. It plays a key role in strengthening biological sovereignty and addressing climate change issues, and it contributes to the development of regional communities.

Chicago Botanic Garden (USA)

Graduate students in Chicago Botanic Garden’s joint Plant Biology and Conservation graduate program with Northwestern University are helping to identify exceptional species in need of research and ex situ conservation efforts.

 "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 Shaw, President and CEO, Chicago Botanic Garden

Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques de la Ville de Genève (Switzerland)

Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques de la Ville de Genève became a BGCI Patron Garden in 2017 when it hosted the 6th Global Botanic Gardens Congress.

Fairylake Botanical Garden, Shenzhen (China)

Fairylake Botanical Garden, Shenzhen became a BGCI Patron Garden in 2015. The Garden serves multiple functions, including botanical research, scientific education, ex situ conservation, exhibition, and tourism. It is also the only integrated organization for botanical research, conservation and utilization in Shenzhen.

Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens (USA)

BGCI-US's staff are hosted at The Huntington Botanical Gardens, which has been a BGCI Patron Garden since 2016. The Huntington maintains one of the top taxonomically diverse living plant collections on Earth which is utilized by plant conservation and research experts on-staff as well as from around the world for seed bank, tissue culture, and cryopreservation collections and trials.

Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (Hong Kong)

The Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) in Hong Kong became a Patron Member in 2013. Since 2003 KFBG has been involved in a scholarship programme for Chinese botanic garden staff, initiated in collaboration with BGCI.

Missouri Botanical Garden (USA)

BGCI collaborates closely with the Missouri Botanical Garden in many aspects of our work. Most recently, Missouri hosted BGCI's 9th International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens.

“The Missouri Botanical Garden is delighted to be a Patron Garden member of BGCI.  The importance of BGCI’s work in networking botanic gardens worldwide for plant conservation cannot be over-stated and we are pleased therefore to play our part”. Peter Wyse-Jackson, President & CEO, MBG

The Morton Arboretum (USA)

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.

 "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" Gerard T. Donnelly, President and CEO The Morton Arboretum.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (UK)

BGCI 's head office is based at RBG, Kew.  We also run the acclaimed International Diploma in Botanic Garden Education together and enjoy close collaboration in many other areas. 

 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

Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney (Australia)

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.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Victoria (Australia)

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Victoria, incorporates two outstanding botanic gardens. It is also home to the State Botanical Collection (including 1.5 million preserved plants, algae and fungi) and a regional hub for plant knowledge, with internationally recognized biodiversity, conservation and urban ecology research programs.

Shanghai Botanical Garden (China)

Shanghai Botanical Garden became a BGCI Patron Garden in 2016.

Shanghai Chenshen Botanical Garden (China)

Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden became a BGCI Patron Garden in 2015. Chenshan Botanical Garden, Shanghai is a comprehensive botanical garden with strong scientific content and beautiful garden landscapes, integrating scientific research, popularization of science, landscape and leisure.

Singapore Botanic Garden (Singapore)

Singapore Botanic Garden became a BGCI Patron Garden in 2015, following their achievement of UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

South China Botanical Garden (China)

South China Botanical Garden (SCBG) became a BGCI Patron Garden in 2016.  SCBG hosts the office for BGCI's China Programme.

BGCI is well acknowledged as the largest plant conservation network in the world, especially for its great contribution to the development and implementation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC). BGCI is the effective exchange and sharing platform on plant conservation, plant science research, public education and plant resource utilization among world's botanical gardens. SCBG has been actively involved in the activities of BGCI and strongly supports BGCI. Hai Ren, Director of South China Botanical Garden

United States Botanic Garden (USA)

Our U.S. office partnered with the United States Botanic Garden to create the Care for the Rare interpretation resources, and conduct priority ex situ surveys and training. Following our collaborative North American Collections Assessment we continue to partner to build the content and quality of BGCI's GardenSearch and PlantSearch databases to support future collection assessments and networking.

“The United States Botanic Garden has been an active supporter of BGCI and is particularly thrilled to have worked 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.

Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (China)

Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden became a BGCI Patron Garden in 2016.


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