Conference programme

22-23 April 2020

Schedule

Day 1 - 22 April 2020

13:00 Registration opens

13:30 Welcome Regius Keeper RBGE

Session 1: Conservation & Education - Chair: Kate Hughes

  • 13:45 - 14:15 The need for horticulturist expertise in plant conservation: challenges and opportunities - Paul Smith, Botanic Gardens Conservation International
  • 14:15 - 14:45 Creating a Biophilic Wales - increasing the health and well-being of people, biodiversity and the environment - Natasha de Vere, National Botanic Garden for Wales
  • 14:45 - 15:15 Can horticulturists help save the World? - Tim Upson, Royal Horticultural Society

Session 2: Cultivation

  • 16:00 - 16:30 RBGE Today - David Knott, RBGE
  • 16:30 - 17:45
    • Tours and workshops: Promoting horticultural excellence. See tours details - RBGE staff
    • Parallel session: Curation and Cultivation in the 21st century. See session details - Rob Brett, Rob Cubey, Candide

18:00 Drinks Reception in the Palm House

19:00 Dinner at the John Hope Gateway restaurant

Day 2 - 23 April 2020

Session 1: Heritage and Education - Chair: David Rae

  • 09:30 - 09:55 Our garden heritage is, literally, in our hands: protecting yesterday, today - and tomorrow - Ann Steele, National Trust for Scotland

  • 09:55 - 10:20 Celebrating a Horticulture of Plants, People and Place - John Watkins, English Heritage

  • 10:20 - 10:45 Meeting environmental challenges with the best horticultural practices - Michael Walker, National Gardens Specialist

  • 10:45 - 11:00 Panel Discussion and Questions

  • 11:00 - 11:30 Break

Session 2: Curation and Conservation - Chair: Sadie Barber

  • 11:30 - 12:00 Managing ex situ collections and curating living collections of high scientific value - Martin Gardner & Alan Elliott, RBGE

  • 12:00 - 12:25 Title TBC - Pamela Smith, National Trust

  • 12:25 - 12:50 The importance of arboriculture and horticulture in ecological restoration - Gunter Fischer, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden

  • 12:50 - 13:10 Lightning Talks

  • 13:10 - 13:30 Panel discussion and round up - Kevin Reid, RBGE
  • 13:30 - 14:30 Lunch

Session 3: International Year of Plant Health - Chair: Suzanne Sharrock, BGCI & IPSN

  • 15:00 - 16:30 Growing from seed: the next frontier in biosecurity - Adrian Fox, Fera and Marian McEwan, SASA

Additional offers

Day 1

10:00 - 12:00 Optional walking tour of the city of Edinburgh's gardens: A vigorous 2 hour walk that involves steep steps. No additional charge. Now Fully Booked

Day 2

14:30 - 15:00 PlantNetwork AGM (in Lecture theatre)