Booking open for Plant Records training day and Mount Stuart visit

Credit: Mount Stuart Gardens

Wednesday 3rd May to Thursday 4th May 2017

Every now and again we get an opportunity to visit a garden that many of us would not get around to visiting. Don Murray, PlantNetwork Board member and Head of Landscapes and Horticulture at Mount Stuart has invited us to the island for our next Plant Records meeting. Thank you to Mount Stuart Trust and their garden team for supporting this event.

The Plant Records Forum is one of our most successful groups and each year we build upon our understanding of 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.  If you have experiences  to share or questions to put on these themes please get in touch. We are happy to raise your queries for you even if you cannot attend. Email to

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On the morning of 3rd May there is an optional session, 9.00 – 12.30 organised by IrisBG. More details

May 3rd

13.00 hrs Meet at Mount Stuart Visitor Centre. Registration includes complimentary lunch voucher to use in the cafe. Vouchers will be available earlier if you are already on site.

14.00 – Talk and tour of Mount Stuart, including refreshments. Bags can be safely stored.

17.30 – Depart for optional evening meal at Kingarth Hotel, transport provided if required. We will meet to eat at 18.00, in the bar. Meal cost not included.

20.30 – Transport available from Kingarth to Rothesay.

May 4th

9.00    Meet at Visitor Centre

9.15    Welcome by Don Murray,  Head of Landscapes and Horticulture, Mount  Stuart Trust.

9.20    ‘Cultivated plant names – a horticultural taxonomist’s perspective’. Dawn Edwards , RHS Botanist.

9.40     ‘Laser engraved plant labels at Cambridge Botanic Garden’ Peter Atkinson, Plant Records Officer,   Cambridge Botanic garden

10.00   ‘So how does a business analyst help your collection grow’ Amanda Crawford, RHS Business Analyst

10.20  Discussion and break out group planning

10.30   Coffee break

10.45   ‘Managing data quality’ Rob Cubey, Plant Records Officer, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

11.05  ‘300 years of plant records at Mount Stuart’ Graham Alcorn, Plant Records Officer and Don Murray, Head of Landscapes Mount Stuart Trust.

11.25  Break out groups

12.30  Lunch

13.15  Group feedback

13.45  National Trust plant records,  why, what and how? Alison Crook Plant Collections Curator and Pam Smith, Gardens and Parks Adviser, National Trust

14.05 – 15.00 Coffee, discussion and next steps.

15.00  Close. Transport available back to Rothesay Ferry



Ferries run every hour and trains are available from Glasgow. Attendees will need to make their own accommodation arrangements but let us know where you have booked so we can arrange shared transport.

Member’s rate £50. Non members £90, non-member students £70

Mount Stuart

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For those arriving the day before IrisBg will be holding a  UK IrisBG User Meeting and PlantNetwork Plant Records Training Day at Mount Stuart   9am – 12.30 on 3rd May.  The meeting will look at  ‘Sharing User Experiences’ and  will hope to get as much of the programme as possible to contain presentations from the user community. The programme will be supplemented with sessions covering new and upcoming features in IrisBG.  The UK IrisBG User Meeting is open for all IrisBG users and delegates to the PlantNetwork event.

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