BGCI 6th Global Botanic Gardens Congress: visions for the future

In June 2017 I was able to attend the 6th Global Botanic Gardens Congress organised by BGCI (Botanic Gardens Conservation International) in Geneva. I presented a poster to promote the Plant Guardian scheme, as a way of making plant conservation more accessible to the public, and hope that it will inspire other countries to launch …

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Annual report for 2017

If you have not already sent one in 2017, we would love to receive your Annual Reports for this year. Do let us know about any developments to your collection(s), exciting projects that you have been involved with, visits that you've had from other growers or success at shows that you have attended. You can also …

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RHS Survey on Honey Fungus

The RHS has launched the Honey Fungus Hunt, a web-based survey to encourage members of the public to submit records of honey fungus in UK parks and gardens. Honey fungus is the common name of several species of fungi within the genus Armillaria. Honey fungus spreads underground, attacking and killing the roots of perennial plants and then decaying the …

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International Congress for Conservation Biology: is horticulture a conservation problem or solution?

The 28th International Congress for Conservation Biology was held from July 23rd to 27th in Cartagena, Colombia. A session entitled "Tackling over-collection of wild plants - is horticulture a conservation problem or solution?" included the six talks listed below: Lauren Gardiner (Conservation Science, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew): The stamp-collector’s dream: are private horticultural collections species’ saviours or drivers …

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New issue of the Cultivated Plant Taxonomy newsletter

The new issue (Issue 5) of the Cultivated Plant Taxonomy newsletter edited by HORTAX is available to download from this link: http://www.hortax.org.uk/cpt-newsletter Articles include: Information of the launch of new taxonomic journal, the Journal of Cultivated Plant Diversity. Recent changes to International cultivar registrars (ICRAs) New editions of the Lists of Names of Woody Plants and Perennials …

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