22-23 April 2020
The Sibbaldia and PlantNetwork Conference will provide an opportunity to share horticultural experiences and knowledge and to celebrate horticultural achievements that demonstrate and support excellence in botanic and other gardens.
There are six themes running through the Conference:
Natasha de Vere, National Botanic Garden for Wales
Alan Elliott, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Martin Gardner, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
David Knott, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Paul Smith, Gardens Conservation International
Ann Steele, National Trust for Scotland
Tim Upson, Royal Horticultural Society
John Watkins, English Heritage
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
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 Title coming soon - John Watkins, English Heritage
10:20 - 10:45 Title coming soon - Michael Walker
10:45 - 11:00 Panel Discussion and Questions
11:00 - 11:30 Break
Session 2: Curation and Conservation - Chair: Sadie Barber
11:30 - 11:55 We know what you are and where you are from – managing ex situ collections of the South American threatened conifer Fitzroya cupressoides - Martin Gardner, RBGE
11:55 - 12:20 Promoting horticultural excellence at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh through curating living collections of high scientific value - Alan Elliott, RBGE
12:20 - 12:45 The importance of arboriculture and horticulture in ecological restoration - Gunter Fischer, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden
12:45 - 13:15 Lightning Talks
- 13:15 - 13:30 Panel discussion and round up - Kevin Reid, RBGE
- 13:30 - 14:30 Lunch
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.
14:30 - 15:00 PlantNetwork AGM (in Lecture theatre)
15:00 - 16:30 Presentations and discussion: Growing from seed: the next frontier in biosecurity
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