UK: PlantNetwork Conference 7 - 8 Sept 2010


view across the 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.

Over the past few years, PlantNetwork has held conferences on climate change; plant conservation; growing fruit and vegetables; and pests, diseases and invasive plants. This conference will look at some of the cross-cutting contemporary and sustainability issues. Talks and discussion will cover a range of topics from living collections, garden management and plant conservation, to sustainable glasshouses and communicating with visitors.  It will also provide an opportunity to look at the approaches taken at the Eden Project.

Among the organisations taking part are the Royal Horticultural Society, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh (RBGE), National Trust, English Heritage, Plant Heritage and many others. Speakers include Sir Ghillean Prance (Trustee of the Eden Project), Dr. David Rae (Director of Horticulture at RBGE) and Matthew Biggs (writer, broadcaster and professional gardener). Eden Project staff will host a number of behind-the-scenes tours on various aspects of horticulture at Eden. A tour around the Lost Gardens of Heligan with Mike Friend, Head Gardener, is offered on 9 September.

PlantNetwork is the national network of botanic and heritage gardens and arboreta in Britain and Ireland. It promotes garden and botanical collections as a national resource for horticulture, research, conservation and education; and facilitates training and networking among staff who work with these plant collections.

Plantnetwork website

If you would like more details or to book a place at the conference, visit the website or contact Judith Cheney.

A number of student places are available at a reduced rate.