Conference programme

28-30 October 2020

Schedule

Day 1 - 28 October 2020

14:00 Free session - Promoting Excellence in Horticulture for everyone
           Interactive session with live panel discussion

15:00 Break

15:15 Welcome Simon Milne, Regius Keeper,  RBGE

15:30-16:30 Session 1: Conservation & Education - Chair: Kate Hughes

  • The need for horticulturist expertise in plant conservation: challenges and opportunities - Paul Smith, Botanic Gardens Conservation International
  • Creating a Biophilic Wales - increasing the health and well-being of people, biodiversity and the environment - Natasha de Vere, National Botanic Garden for Wales
  • Can horticulturists help save the World? - Tim Upson, Royal Horticultural Society
  • Discussion and questions

16:30 Break

17:00 - 18:00 Virtual and live drinks reception

Day 2 - 29 October 2020

14:00 - 15:00 Session 2: Heritage and Education - Chair: David Rae

  • 14:00 -14:05 Welcome by the Chair
  • 14:05 - 14:20 Our garden heritage is, literally, in our hands: protecting yesterday, today - and tomorrow - Ann Steele, National Trust for Scotland

  • 14:20 - 14:40 Celebrating a Horticulture of Plants, People and Place - John Watkins, English Heritage

  • 14:40 - 15:00 Meeting environmental challenges with the best horticultural practices - Michael Walker, National Gardens Specialist

  • Discussion and questions follow presentations

15:00 Break

15:15 - 16:00 Session 2: Cultivation

  • 15:20 - 15:45 RBGE Today - David Knott, RBGE
  • 15:45 - 16:00 Choice of three virtual tours of the Living Collections, made by RBGE staff. See tours details

16:00 Break

16:15 - 17:00 Parallel Session

Parallel Session 1: International Year of Plant Health - Chair: Suzanne Sharrock, BGCI & IPSN

  • Growing from seed: the next frontier in biosecurity - With presentations and opportunity for discussion from Adrian Fox, Fera, Marian McEwan, SASA & Sara Redstone, RBG, Kew

Parallel Session 2: Curation and Cultivation in the 21st century - Chair: Don Murray

  • Presentations from Rob Brett, RHS Hyde Hall, Rob Cubey, RBGE, and Candide. Followed by an opportunity for discussion and questions See session details 

Day 3 - 30 October 2020

14:00 - 15:00 Session 3: Curation and Conservation - Chair: Sadie Barber

  • 14:00 Welcome by the Chair
  • 14:05 - 14:20 Managing ex situ collections and curating living collections of high scientific value - Martin Gardner, RBGE

  • 14:20 - 14:40 Beyond the database – collections research and dissemination in the National Trust - Pamela Smith, National Trust

  • 14:40 - 15:00 Peter Symes & Clare Hart - Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

  • Discussion and Questions follow presentations

15:00 Break

15:30 - 16:30 Horticulture in 2020

  • A selection of speakers discussing the key issues affecting the horticulture industry in 2020: COVID-19, Diversity & Inclusion, Brexit & Plant Health

16:30 Break

17:00 - 18:00 Closing Session

 

Please note that the programme is subject to change from the previously advertised programme due to the season and speaker availability. We will be regularly updating information as resources allow.