Annual Conference 2017 ‘Connecting gardens; engaging people’


Our 2017 Annual Conference  will focus on how we work with other sites, engage with our local communities and take an interdisciplinary approach in managing our gardens and plant collections.  We will focus on three themes that connect our gardens, our staff and visitors; conservation, knowledge and enjoyment.

Presentations and discussion will consider partnership working across plant conservation, including multi garden plant collecting expeditions, plant and garden interpretation and creating valued community projects. We will also learn about volunteer partnerships and engaging non horticultural site colleagues and stakeholders. There will also be an opportunity t nominate your plant collection to take part in a proposed science and art project.

We are interested to hear of case studies, research and opportunities for future partnership working.  All will have an opportunity to pitch their ideas and requests for partners at the conference,  it is all about networking after all.

Online payment £210 for full attendance members’ rate. £250 (£230 students) for full attendance non member rate. Includes refreshments, lunch on both days, conference dinner and resources. Accommodation is not included. Day attendance options are available. For conference fees and bookings by cheque and invoice please refer to the print version booking form.

We are pleased to announce that our Sponsors DragonFli will be attending the event and you will have an opportunity to see their IPM and conservation products and hear about how biological control can benefit parks and estates and plans for future PlantNetwork and DragonFli IPM training events.

Proposed programme:

Day 1 26th April

9.30 – 10.00         Registration

10.00 – 10.15       Welcome

10.15 – 12.40

  • Plant hunting partnerships – partnering up with other gardens to plan and fund expeditions. Richard Baines, Curator Logan Botanic Garden.
  • International Conifer Conservation Programme  Martin Gardner MBE, and Tom Christian  RBGE
  • Eden on Prescription Chris Bisson, Eden Project

13.50 – 14.20      PlantNetwork 21st  AGM

14.20 – 15.50      Tour of partnership and engagement areas at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh by Jenny Foulkes, Community Engagement Manager

15.50 – 17.15

  • Scrounging, begging and brass necking it. Alasdair Hood, Dundee Botanic Garden.
  • New opportunities to be part of Grow Wild. Philip Turvil, Grow Wild Programme Manager, Royal Botanic Garden Kew.
  • Pitching partnerships and projects – Dragon’s Den 5 minute sessions – all welcome!

19.00 – 21.30    Conference dinner at Howies at Waterloo Place EH1 3BQ. (Included in conference fee).


Day 2       27th April

9.15 – 9.30      Welcome by Simon Milne, Regius Keeper, RBGE

9.30 – 12.40

  • How biological control can benefit parks and estates. Julian Ives Managing Director,  DragonFli
  • Working across the region and beyond; the National Trust and partners in horticulture, Emma McNamara National Trust
  •  Treborth botanic garden: the power of volunteers. Natalie Chivers, Curator, Treborth Botanic Garden
  •  Setting up Citizen Science projects Rosie Walker Scottish Trust for Conservation volunteers
  •  Art and science projects, working with artists and evaluation techniques. Susan Priestley, Arts Management

13.50 – 14.50

  • Working in partnership; growing knowledge, skills and resources in the National Trust for Scotland Ann Steele
  • Communities in Nature. Liliana Derewnicka, Botanic Gardens Conservation International.

14.50                Conference outputs

15.30                Close