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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Plant Exchange 2018

It is time to start thinking about the 2018 free Plant Exchange.  We would like to encourage Collection Holders to propagate and share plants from their collections into the Plant Exchange. It is also an opportunity for you to request desiderata plants which may be grown by members. Group Offers and Wants have to be …

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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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July 2017 Desiderata list – do you grow any of these plants?

An update to the list of Desiderata (wanted plants) has been published on our website. You can see the list on this page or download it by clicking on this link. The new list comprises over 1500 taxa in 160 genera. Please contact me at 01483 447 540, or collections@plantheritage.org.uk if: - you would like to add or edit the Desiderata that …

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Rare plant of the month blog series

Have you noticed our new series of posts featuring rare plants that have been registered into the Plant Guardian scheme? The first four posts can be accessed via these links: June 2017: Lathyrus belinensis May 2017: Phlox stolonifera 'Violet Vere' April 2017: Hepatica transsilvanica ‘Blumenstadt Erfurt’ March 2017: Lambertia formosa Do let know us if there are any plants that …

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A new database for threatened species

BGCI (Botanic Gardens Conservation International) have launched ThreatSearch, a new database of conservation assessments: http://www.bgci.org/threat_search.php The database contains over 242,000 conservation assessments representing over 150,000 taxa. It gives access to data from global lists (IUCN Red list, genus-specific lists) and regional ones (such as country red lists).