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.
Friday March 16th. Chester Zoo.
This training day is an update on ABS and how it relates to all those working in gardens and with plant collections. This international agreement, developed from the 1992 Convention of Biological Diversity, is key to how we all manage our gardens. Speakers will include those who influence and disseminate the practicalities of this legislation and will share practical case studies and help attendees to understand relevance of the documentation and current national and international discussions.
In 2018 our Annual Conference will be hosted at Royal Botanic Garden Kew and will discuss Back to basics – soil and water management, plant nutrition and plant health. We will consider issues, solutions and new research. PlantNetwork’s 22nd AGM will be held on the afternoon of 19th April.
Thursday, 3rd May 2018. Saltram, Devon.
Our Trees forum training days are popular amongst arborists, horticulturists and botanists. The National Trust garden Saltram, celebrated its 60th anniversary under National Trust ownership in 2017.
Dr Martin J Stott, Senior Gardener, will lead the day. Attendees will learn more about the planning and processes of managing trees in historic landscapes and within visitor environments. The day will include consideration of National Trust tree safety processes.
Thursday, 17th May 2017. Cambridge Botanic Garden followed by a meeting of the European users of IrisBG May 18th (Separate booking needed). One of our most successful forums looking at all things plant records. Its an opportunity to look at records systems, share experiences and learn about recommended minimum data to enable you to keep useful records.
Tuesday, 26th June 2018. Wakehurst Place, West Sussex. Led by Iain Parkinson, Wakehurst’s Conservation and Woodlands Manager, and other staff at Wakehurst Place this day will consider the restoration of wild habitats, including meadows and hedgerows. Presentations and site walks will explain how protecting and conserving natural features help both to safeguard the ‘spirit of place’ and enhance the visual appeal of introduced plant collections within a designed landscape.
12th July 2018. Nymans Garden, West Sussex.
Spirit of Place is at the heart of how people feel about and experience our properties and why they are relevant. It captures what make a places special. This training day will look at how we identify the Spirit of Place and how it can be used to inform decisions about how your site is understood and managed – from planning events to marketing and what you choose to present to the visitor.
13th and 14th September 2018 at The Eden Project.
The Eden Project will host this 1.5 day training event where we will learn more about the Eden on Prescription Project and similar case studies sharing information about how our gardens and plant collections can contribute to health and wellbeing. This is a subject that is becoming increasingly relevant and a number of reports are identifying links between our wellbeing and access to nature.
20 June 2017, RHS Garden Wisley. RHS staff Sam Gallivan, Nursery and Propagation Team leader and Heather Cooke, Team Leader for the members’ seed scheme hosted a fully booked training day with 25 delegates from 17 gardens across the UK.
24 people enjoyed a sunny couple of days on the Isle of Bute and with our hosts the Mount Stuart Trust. Mount Stuart’s Don Murray, Head of Landscapes and Horticulture and Graham Alcorn, Living Collection Manager, made us all feel very welcome and shared their knowledge, enthusiasm and stories of Mount Stuart with us all. PlantNetwork thanks the Mount Stuart Trust for their support for this training day.
26-27 April 2017, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. 35 people attended the conference over the two days. Alongside presentations, discussions and a tour of the garden delegates took the opportunity to share ideas and experiences at our conference dinner. Thanks to Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh for hosting the conference in the unique Botanic Cottage.
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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.
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.
4 & 5th November. Wollaton Hall, Nottingham.
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.