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.

What you need to know about Access and Benefit Sharing and the Nagoya Protocol

Annual Conference 2018 – Back to basics

18th and 19th April. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.
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Annual Conference 2018 – Back to basics

Managing trees in a historic landscape

3rd May 2018. Saltram, Devon
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Managing trees in a historic landscape

Plant records training day

17th May 2018 at Cambridge Botanic garden. Followed by European meeting of IrisBG users on 18th May. Separate booking will be needed.
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Plant records training day

Science in Gardens

Down House. 20th June 2018
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Science in Gardens
The restoration and integration of natural habitats in a designed landscape
Assessing and developing a Spirit of Place document for your garden

Health and wellbeing in horticulture and gardens.

The Eden Project. 13th and 14th September 2018.
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Health and wellbeing in horticulture and gardens.

 
BOOKING OPEN. What you need to know about Access and Benefit Sharing and the Nagoya Protocol

BOOKING OPEN. What you need to know about Access and Benefit Sharing and the Nagoya Protocol

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.


BOOKING OPEN. Managing trees in a historic landscape.

BOOKING OPEN. Managing trees in a historic landscape.

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.


BOOKING OPEN. The restoration and integration of natural habitats in a designed landscape

BOOKING OPEN. The restoration and integration of natural habitats in a designed landscape

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.


Rupert Wilson, Aug 2014

BOOKING OPEN. Health and wellbeing in horticulture and gardens.

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.


BOOKING OPEN. Assessing and developing a Spirit of Place document for your garden

BOOKING OPEN. Assessing and developing a Spirit of Place document for your garden

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.


WAITNG LIST. Plant Records training day. Cambridge Botanic Garden May 17th 2018

WAITNG LIST. Plant Records training day. Cambridge Botanic Garden May 17th 2018

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.


BOOKING OPEN.  Science in Gardens

BOOKING OPEN. Science in Gardens

Down House 20th June 2018 10.30 – 16.30
This day will be relevant to all those interested in promoting their gardens as a resource for science, citizen science and public engagement, it will also be of interest to those interested in the history of natural history


Plant Propagation Training Day

Plant Propagation Training Day

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.


British Sugar TOPSOIL

British Sugar TOPSOIL

We are pleased to welcome our new 2018 Silver Sponsors, British Sugar TOPSOIL who are the largest UK manufacturer and supplier of environmentally sustainable topsoil and topdressing products to the landscaping, construction and sports turf/amenity sectors, supplying over 250,000 tonnes annually.


Dragonfli

Dragonfli

We are pleased to announce our new Silver Sponsor: Dragonfli suppliers of natural pest control, plants, seeds and plant care products in addition to professional advice on IPM.


The Garden Label & Sign Company

The Garden Label & Sign Company

We are pleased to announce our new Bronze Sponsor for 2018 The Garden Label & Sign Company who specialise in the design and production of bespoke, durable, labelling for horticulture. Offering an engraving service, as well as supplying blank labels to those who have their own engraving equipment. They design and manufacture laser engraved labels and signs. Using a range of materials to include plastic laminates, solid wood, metals and slate.


Plant records training day and Mount Stuart garden visit

Plant records training day and Mount Stuart garden visit

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.


Annual conference 2017 'Connecting gardens; engaging people'

Annual conference 2017 'Connecting gardens; engaging people'

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.


Meadow management at Wakehurst Place

Meadow management at Wakehurst Place

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.