Climate pins down dreaded tree disease

Newly-published in the New Journal of Botany, indicating that thousands of healthy elm trees on the self-governing dependency of Isle of Man have avoided infection by Dutch elm disease thanks to the island’s weather being too cold and windy for the pathogen to take hold.

BGCI learning modules on seed cultivation

Learning modules on seed conservation BGCI has created a suite of learning modules on seed conservation, essential for those working in seed banks or in botanic gardens with seed collection programmes. The modules are available to download as PowerPoints to use as training resources. Find out more   PlantNetwork held […]

BGCI launch ‘ThreatSearch’

 Botanic Garden Conservation International’s (BGCI) new database – ThreatSearch – the most comprehensive database of conservation assessments of plants.  It contains over 242,000 conservation assessments, representing over 150,000 taxa. ThreatSearch lists global, regional and national conservation assessments for plants, from a variety of sources with the aim of being a one-stop […]

Growing gardeners; garden training through the ages

Kate Nicoll, National Specialist for Garden Training with the National Trust reports on her experience of developing a new garden training programme for National Trust horticultural staff. ‘A Garden Training Strategy for the National Trust! Aren’t all our gardeners fully trained already?’ This was one of the responses I received […]

Launch of RHS ‘Gardening in a changing climate’ report

The RHS will launch it’s report ‘Gardening in a changing climate’ report will be launched on 26th April at  Broadway House, Tothill Street, London , SW1H 9NQ Since the 2002 publication of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) report looking at the impact of climate change on gardening, ‘Gardening in a […]

Booking open for Plant Records training day and Mount Stuart visit

3rd and 4th May 2017. Mount Stuart garden tour on the afternoon of the 3rd. Plant Records training day on the 4th 9.30 – 15.00hrs looking at 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.

Soil issues for professionals. RHS professional development day.

11th January 2017 at RHS Wisley. Type: Special Event Skill Level: Advanced Cost: £70 A day event for professionals working in amenity horticulture including head gardeners, horticulturalists, garden designers and landscapers. Soil and nutrient management, identification and remediation of nutrient deficiencies, organic cultivation, soil pests and diseases; importance of soil […]

BIFoR the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research

BIFoR aims to provide fundamental science, social science and cultural research of direct relevance to forested landscapes anywhere in the world. We make the evidence-based case for forests as part of one-planet living. As a result of a visionary 15 million pound donation the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research was […]

New Zealand native plant conservation

 Conservation at Totara Park and Auckland Botanic Gardens Eva Glendinning, Historic and Botanic Garden Trainee Placement student, is currently in New Zealand supported by a bursary from the RHS and the Merlin Trust to undertake a study tour and volunteer at Auckland Botanic and Dunedin Botanic Gardens. Eva has written […]