Best Practice

Here you will find best practice information and resources for botanic garden educators.


BGCI’s education team supports botanic gardens in their public engagement and education work. In this section you will find information and resources related to public engagement best practice.


  • Interpretation
  • Working with Diverse Audiences
  • Science Communication
  • Evaluation and Research
  • The Social Role of Botanic Gardens
  • Participatory Approaches
  • Inquiry-Based Science Education


Interpretation methods can include panels, trails, guided tours, apps, exhibitions, labels, events and the creative arts amongst others.

Working with Diverse Audiences

Recruiting new audiences requires both skill and expertise as well as an understanding of the audiences you wish to engage with

Science Communication

Science communication is about getting science from scientists to non-scientists

Evaluation and Research

Ongoing evaluation of programmes is vital if we want to improve our educational offer and ensure we are meeting the needs of our varied audiences

The Social Role of Botanic Gardens

Given that environmental and social issues are so closely intertwined, growing a social role is vital in order for botanic gardens to prove their modern-day relevance by engaging with their local communities on issues of mutual concern

Participatory Approaches

Participatory approaches increase the depth of engagement of our audience and it becomes less about 'us and them' and more about 'we'

Inquiry-Based Science Education

IBSE is designed to reflect how students actually learn, and engages students in the process of scientific inquiry

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