PlantNetwork is the national network of botanic gardens, arboreta and other documented plant collections.
- Supporting gardens and plant collections for conservation, knowledge and enjoyment.
- Providing networking and professional development for the plant network community.
Following the review and member survey we carried out last year, we made a number of changes to the way PlantNetwork operates and communicates with members. To support those changes we also decided to update our ‘brand’: the logo and accompanying strapline.
26th and 27th April 2017. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Our annual conference in 2017 will focus on how we 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.
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.
We are pleased to announce our new sponsor Dragonfli suppliers of natural pest control, plants, seeds and plant care products in addition to professional advice on IPM.
RHS Wisley. 20th June 2017 9.30 registration 10.00am start. 16.00 close. Practical sessions and behind the scenes tours.
9.30 – 16.00 on 4th October 2017 at Westonbirt Arboretum. A day, which will re-launch our Tree Forum and will look at techniques and common issues in successful tree establishment, including practical demonstrations.
19th October 2017. Treborth Botanic Garden, University of Bangor. Case studies on managing gardens and collections for research, partnerships & visitor attractions. We will include how to develop management plans and Spirit of Place that helps to relate collections to host institutions core aims.
Launch of our Botanical Heritage Forum, 6th December 11.00am. Sir Hans Sloane Herbarium, Natural History Museum, London.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
4 & 5th November. Wollaton Hall, Nottingham.