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Australia: Sustaining Plant Diversity – Adapting to a Changing World


Australia logoThe Australian Network for Plant Conservation and the Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens will present the 10th Australasian Plant Conservation Conference 2014 in Hobart, Tasmania, from 11th-14th November.

USA: Celebrating 50 Years of Native Plant Conservation


california logo 2The California Native Plant Society has been working hard to protect California’s native plant heritage since 1965 and in January 2015 they will be celebrating 50 years of native plant conservation with a conference in San Jose, California.

UK: Are the rainforests for sale?


Rainforest debateOn April 20 four leading authorities on rainforests will gather at the Eden Project in Cornwall, UK for a public debate on the future of rainforests. Joining BBC news presenter George Alagiah, who is hosting the event, will be Prof. Ghillean Prance (Eden Project Trustee), Andrew Mitchell (Executive Director Global Canopy Programme), Simon Counsell (Executive Director Rainforest Foundation UK), and Dr. Ben Beck (Director of Conservation, Great Ape Trust).

UK: Global Business of Biodiversity conference


Richard Benyon is set to join 50+ other speakers at GBOB-GBOF 2011 in London at the IET Savoy Place.

UK: "Up in Smoke" coming to Cornwall Film Festival


pineapples growing in field If you're in the UK and missed the screening on More 4 in September of Up in Smoke then you have a chance to watch it at the Cornwall Film Festival in Newquay, Cornwall this weekend.

UK: Richard Mabey in conversation with Stephen Hopper


The author of some of the UK's most important natural history books will meet the director of the world's most eminent botanical institutions on 1 December in a rare treat for all lovers of botany.

UK: Wildlife sanctuary celebrates 30th birthday


woodland sceneThe 149 acre Loder Valley Nature Reserve at Kew's Wakehurst Place - home of the Millennium Seed Bank - celebrates its 30th birthday this month with two special open day weekends.

UK: Exhibition at Kew's Nash Conservatory celebrates Shanghai Expo


flags outside the Shanghai expo A photographic exhibition at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew celebrating the Shanghai Expo is open till 31 October. The UK Pavilion's design at the expo was inspired by thousands of seeds, representing the diversity of life on earth.

China: The International Symposium of Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden


water lily flowersThe first circular has been distributed for The International Symposium of Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden to be held from 11 - 14 October, 2010 at Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden / Shanghai Chenshan Plant Science Research Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

BGCI China are co-organising this important symposium.

The end of tradition?


Picture of British countrysideThis major event organised by Prof. Ian D. Rotherham and colleagues will look at the threats to biodiversity from cultural change and the abandonment of traditional management. From 15 - 17 September, 2010 at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK.

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Contemporary Issues for Gardens and Plant Collections


view across eden project rainforest biomePlantNetwork is holding a conference at the iconic Eden Project in Cornwall on 7 – 8 September 2010. The conference Contemporary Issues for Gardens and Plant Collections will bring together people who work with gardens and plant collections in Britain and Ireland to consider some of the current and future issues they face and to seek solutions by sharing their knowledge and experience. Find out more...

1st Global Business of Biodiversity Symposium


International Year of Biodiversity logo13 July 2010 - Eminent business leaders and experts from around the world are converging for the first Global Business of Biodiversity Symposium next month, the most important meeting place for Government, Business and NGOs operating across all industrial sectors. It is the only place to be for informed dialogue and debate in the run up to COP10 - Nagoya. Find out more...

USA: Botanical art showcases rare plants at NYBG


yellow irisThe New York Botanical Garden will exhibit Losing Paradise? Endangered Plants Here and Around the World in the Arthur and Janet Ross Gallery from Thursday, 6 May, through Sunday, 25 July, 2010.

UK: Spring flower weekends at Kew's country estate


bluebell flowers close up Continuing the recent obsession with spring on the pages of Plant Talk Kew's country estate in Sussex, Wakehurst Place, will be celebrating all things springy in the coming weeks.

Tree Diseases Conference 2010

Picture of UK parklandWeds 21 April, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. Organised by the Royal Agricultural Society of England, the Royal Forestry Society and in association with the Forestry Commission, this latest series of popular one-day conferences for woodland owners and managers examines the impacts of tree diseases on UK amenity trees, oak woodlands and landscapes. View the programme.


Identification of British Plants

picture of orchidThe course (download PDF) will introduce the field identification of the major groups of plants found in the UK. It will teach the field techniques necessary for the identification of the different plant groups and their recording (including voucher specimens and photography). 29 - 31 March 2010, Lyme Regis. Led by Fred Rumsey, Natural History Museum.

Black Poplar Conservation Group Meeting 2010

Black poplar (Populus nigra ssp. betulifolia) is one of the rarest trees in the UK, with only about 7,000 trees known. A meeting of the Black Poplar Conservation Group will be held on January 29, 2010 at Green Park Conference Centre, Aston Clinton, Aylesbury, UK. £20.

XIII. OPTIMA (Organisation for the Phyto-taxonomic Investigation of the Mediterranean Area)

picture of white crocusOPTIMA has a congress every three years in a different country of the Mediterranean region. The first OPTIMA congress was in 1986 in İstanbul, Turkey. After 24 years the 13th OPTIMA congress is in Antalya between March 22 and 26,

4th Global Botanic Gardens Congress 2010

picture of white flowerThe Global Botanic Gardens Congress (13 to 18 June 2010, Dublin) is the premier international event for botanic gardens, held every three years. It is organised by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) and its partner network organisations representing botanic gardens throughout the world.

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Kew's Marianne North Gallery re-opens 11th October 2009

marianne north galleryThe restored Marianne North Gallery re-opens with a special day-long community celebration, filled with dance, food, and guided tours – an autumnal highlight in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew’s 250th anniversary year. A hidden gem in Kew Gardens’ 300 acre site, the Gallery and its paintings are being renovated and conserved, safeguarding their rich heritage for the future.

The End of Tradition? Aspects of Commons and Cultural Severance in the Landscape

cultural-severance-conf-thumb"Aspects of Commons and Cultural Severance in the Landscape" is being held in Sheffield from 15 to 17 September 2010. This major conference will address topics fundamental to the conservation of these wonderful and iconic landscapes; be international in flavour and cover issues from ecology and archaeology to modern-day management.