PlantNetwork is the national network of botanic gardens, arboreta and other documented plant collections.

  • Promoting botanical collections in Britain and Ireland as a national resource for research, conservation and education.
  • Facilitating networking and training among holders of plant collections through a programme of conferences and workshops and a regular newsletter.

 

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Booking open for Plant Records training day and Mount Stuart visit

Booking open for Plant Records training day and Mount Stuart visit

3rd and 4th May 2017. Mount Stuart garden tour on the afternoon of the 3rd. Plant Records training day on the 4th 9.30 – 15.00hrs looking at minimum data requirements, data quality, risks and processes. We will be able to discuss how we all us use our plant records, common issues and compare notes on different systems.


Booking open for Annual Conference 2017 'Connecting gardens; engaging people'

Booking open for Annual Conference 2017 'Connecting gardens; engaging people'

26th and 27th April 2017. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Our annual conference in 2017 will focus on how we work link our collections and gardens with other sites, engage with our local communities and take an interdisciplinary approach to how we manage our gardens and plant collections. We will focus on three themes that connect our gardens and our staff and visitors; conservation, knowledge and enjoyment.


Rationalising and connecting glasshouse collections training day

Rationalising and connecting glasshouse collections training day

Cambridge Botanic Garden, 6 December 2016
36 people met at Cambridge University Botanic Garden for the new Glasshouse Forum meeting. Attendees heard about rationalising collections by effective collections policies.


Annual Conference 2016 - Skills and Standards

Annual Conference 2016 - Skills and Standards

11-12 October 2016 Manchester.
34 people attended or Skills and Standards Annual Conference In Manchester to hear 13 speakers speak on plant health, climate change, collections management and horticultural standards and skills. We also chose the event to launch new Forum Groups and delegates discussed issues and future training needs relating to our Forum Group themes of Plant Records, Tree Management, Propagation, Glasshouse Cultivation and Botanical Heritage.


PlantNetwork Forum Groups - take part.

PlantNetwork Forum Groups - take part.

We want to encourage the sharing of skills and interests amongst our members. Forum Groups will help us gain closer links with our membership, create demand led training and keep PlantNetwork up to date with current issues and skills needs.


Meadow management at Wakehurst Place

Meadow management at Wakehurst Place

Wakehurst Place 13th July 2016. A practical field based training day spending the day looking at the range of meadows at Wakehurst and behind the scenes to learn about machinery, seed preparation and the nursery.


Rupert Wilson, Aug 2014

Positive Plant Records

Eden Project, 12 May 2016. As holders of living collections we understand the importance of keeping plant records but how often do we hear of interesting ways our records are being used? This meeting focussed on Positive Plant Record stories.


Nagoya Protocol and plant collection responsibilities

Nagoya Protocol and plant collection responsibilities

A day providing an overview of the Nagoya Protocol and how various organisations and gardens are responding to this legislation, held at RBG, Kew on 19 February 2015.


Garden tours - booking open for Trentham Gardens

Garden tours - booking open for Trentham Gardens

For 2016 we can now launch our PlantNetwork garden tours. Four gardens and their managers have very kindly offered to open their garden gates, potting sheds and experience to us all.