No. 37, December 2008


PlantNetwork publishes a regular newsletter containing news and information from botanic gardens, arboreta and holders of other documented plant collections in Britain and Ireland. This newsletter is only available to members of PlantNetwork. Institutional members receive several copies of the Newsletter for circulation amongst their staff.

  • From the Chairman of PlantNetwork
    • Recent meetings, upcoming meetings.
    • PlantNetwork Directory– update your entry
  • Upcoming Meetings:
    • PlantNetwork Target 8 Project: making progress in England
    • PlantNetwork Target 8 Project: making progress in Scotland
    • Generating and Sharing Information from Living Plant Collections
    • Botany in the Garden
    • Recent Pests and Diseases on Trees and Shrubs
    • PlantNetwork Glasshouse Forum
    • Fruit and Vegetables in Public Gardens
    • Managing and Sustaining New and Old Tree Collections for the Future
  • Reports of PlantNetwork Meetings
  • Appointments, Awards, Staff & Training
    • Toby Beasley is now Head Gardener at Osborne House, English Heritage. He was formerly Head Gardener at Down House.
    • Rowan Blaik, formerly a Horticultural Technician at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, is the new Head Gardener at Down House.
    • Michael Klemperer was appointed as Head Gardener at Wentworth Castle & Stainborough Park in July 2008.
    • Mike Maunder is leaving as Director of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden to take up the post of Director of Botany and Landscapes at the Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort in Abu Dhabi, a developing 2000-acre park with botanic gardens, wildlife exhibits, safaris, hotels and shopping.
    • Pete Wynne has been appointed as Higher Garden Conservator, providing maternity cover for Juliet Hodgkiss, at St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff.
    • Adrian and Jane Lovatt have left the Eden Project after 8½ years. Adrian has taken up the post of Head Gardener at Powis Castle, with the National Trust.
    • Liz Thwaite has been appointed Head of Site at the RHS Garden Harlow Carr. Liz was formerly Head of Visitor Services at Chester Zoo.
    • Dan Wolfe took up the post of Director of Marketing, Membership and External Communications at the Royal Horticultural Society in October 2008. He was previously Director of Marketing and Membership at English Heritage.
    • Benedict Lyte is to take up the new post of Co-ordinator for the Centre for Excellence in Heritage Horticulture, for the National Trust for Scotland, to consider future training programmes for the Trust.
    • Ginny Page is to be Director of Science and Plants for Schools from 2 January 2009. Ginny is currently Senior Manager of the Education Team at the Royal Society.
    • Congratulations to Trevor Nicholson, Head Gardener at Harewood House, who was named Professional Gardener of the Year at the Horticulture Week Landscape and Amenity Awards in October 2008.
    • NCCPG to Plant Heritage
    • New Fund for Species Conservation
    • International Plant Propagators Society
    • flora locale on the move
    • Lantra News
    • Grow: Careers in Horticulture
    • Dawyck sees Stars
    • Historic and Botanic Garden Bursary Scheme
    • Heritage Horticulture at Hestercombe
  • Conservation
    • Meetings on PlantNetwork Target 8 Project
    • BSBI Threatened Plants Project
    • Juniper Conservation in North Wales
    • Conserving Alpine Saxifrage
    • Plant Talk
    • Plant Conservation Day at Bristol Zoo
    • Surveying and Observing UK Biodiversity
    • GSPC and ESPC at CoP9 of CBD in Bonn
    • Survey of Endangered Oaks
    • Global Cactus Assessment
    • National Trust Nature Conservation
  • Plant health
    • Pests on Large Trees Imported into the UK
    • RHS Monitoring Garden Pests
    • Non-native Diseases and Plant Trade
    • Phytopthora Guide for Parks and Gardens
    • Potentially Invasive Plants in Botanic Gardens
    • International Biodiversity Day 2009
    • Citrus Longhorn Beetle
  • BGEN & education
    • How do we Learn?
    • Climate-change education pack
    • 7th International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens
    • Growing Schools
    • Big Botanic Back Pack at Oxford
    • Science and Plants for Schools
    • Great Plant Hunt
    • High Science at Harcourt Arboretum
    • Special Issues of Roots
    • OPAL Launched
    • Public Engagement in Wales
  • News from gardens
    • Kew’s 250th Anniversary in 2009
    • International Year of Natural Fibres: 2009
    • Garden Photographer of the Year
    • Historic Planting for London Olympic Park
    • Charles Darwin Bicentenary
    • Achamore Gardens
    • Maple Checklist
    • New Gate at Cambridge Botanic Garden
    • Roman Garden at Caerleon
    • Fox Talbot’s Botanic Garden
    • Virtual Liverpool Botanic Garden
    • Strategic Management of Botanic Gardens
    • Rockery Stone Offered
    • NCCPG Red List
    • Biological Collections Index
    • Carnations for Kenilworth
    • Rose Garden at Cruickshank
    • Bristol and Nanjing Botanic Gardens
    • Asiatics at Cruickshank
    • Travelling Boab
    • From Bedgebury to the Far East
    • Westonbirt Trip to Japan
  • Publications
    • Managing the Wet Garden. Plants that flourish in problem places – By John Simmons (2008) Timber Press, 320pages, £25.00. A Checklist of the Families and Genera of Vascular Plants in Cultivation in Botanic Gardens – By James Cullen & Diane Wyse Jackson (2008) Botanic Gardens Conservation International, UK. ISBN 978 1 905164 22 6. Can be downloaded from www.bgci.org
    • A CBD Manual for Botanic Gardens – Compiled by Kate Davis (2008) Botanic Gardens Conservation International, UK, 36 pages, ISBN: 10: 1 905164 29 7. See www.bgci.org
    • Chilli Peppers – By Jacqui Gray and Michael Michaud (2008) RHS Plant Trials Bulletin No. 22. See apps.rhs.org.uk/planttrials/TrialReports/Chilli%20Pepper%202006.pdf
    • Fruit: Edible, Inedible and Incredible – By W Stuppy & R Kesseler (2008) Papadakis Publisher, £35.00 – ISBN: 9781901092745.
    • Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden – By L Reich (2008) Timber Press, 288 pp., ISBN: 13: 978 0 88192 944 7.
    • Figs, Dates, Laurel and Myrrh – By Lytton John J Musselman (2007) Timber Press, 336 pages, £20. – ISBN: 13: 978 0 88192 855 6
    • How to Begin the Study of Mosses and Liverworts – By June Chatfield (2008) British Naturalists Association. – See www.bna-naturalists.org
    • Arable Bryophytes: Field guide to mosses, liverworts and hornworts of cultivated land in Britain and Ireland – By R Porley (2008) WILDGuides, 140 pp, £17.95. ISBN: 978 190365721 8
    • Conserving the Flora of Limestone Dry Stone Walls – By J Presland (2007) Wiltshire Natural History Publications, 12 pp, £3.95.
    • Mind-altering and Poisonous Plants of the World – By M Wink & B van Wyk (2008) Timber Press, 464 pages, £30.00 – ISBN: 13: 978 0 88192 952 2.
    • Shifting roles of botanic gardens: article by Mike Maunder in Nature(Vol. 355) 20 October 2008.
  • Exhibitions & conferences
    • Beth Chatto – a retrospective
    • Botanic Gardens of the World
    • Herbarium Workshop Day
    • Tropical Extravaganza
    • Snowdrop Conference
    • Snowdrops at Chelsea Physic Garden
    • Greening Urban Spaces
    • Welsh Wild Plants for Landscape and Biodiversity
    • Plant Conservation Seminar
    • Plant Conservation for the Next Decade
    • Best of British Bonsai
    • Exhibitions at Shirley Sherwood Gallery
    • Flowers and Gardens
    • International Garden Photographer of the Year 2008
    • Forum of the Walled Kitchen Gardens Network
    • Darwin: Big Idea Big Exhibition
    • Darwin 2009 Anniversary Festival
    • First International Lavender Conference
    • EuroGard V – Botanic Gardens in the Age of Climate Change
    • People – Plants – Quality of Life
    • Action Learning: places, spaces and partnerships for biodiversity and human well-being
    • 4th Global Botanic Gardens Congress