Congress programme

The 5th Global Botanic Gardens Congress, hosted by the Dunedin Botanic Garden in New Zealand, will include a wide - ranging programme of plenary keynote addresses, symposia and workshops that will cover the challenges and achievements of botanic gardens and partner organisations around the world.

There will be a significant depth of discussion and range of topics to engage all attending, from sustainability and climate change, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem restoration, and plant collections management, to community well - being, social relevance, industry innovation and education.

Programme outline

There will be a variety of thematic symposia during the Congress and early details are provided below. Please note this programme is subject to change. The final version will be available in the Congress handbook.

Sunday 20 October

Dunedin Centre

10:00 - 16:00 Registration

Dunedin Botanic Garden

All day Rhododendron Day - Garden fete and festival
12:00 - 16:30 Tours of Botanic Garden
17:00 - 18:30 Welcome reception at Dunedin Botanic Garden

Monday 21 October 2013

Congress Day 1: Setting the scene
Dunedin Centre

9.00 Māori blessing
9.20 Opening
10.20 Video address
Dr Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity
10.30 Coffee
11.00 Plenary - Dr Sara Oldfield, Secretary General, BGCI UK
A new agenda for botanic gardens
11.30 Plenary - Felicity Lawrence, Deputy Director-General Science and Capability, Department of Conservation, New Zealand
Conservation for prosperity, Tiakina te taiao, kia puawai
12.00 Plenary - Dr Beth Mantle, GBIF Regional Representative, CSIRO
Organising biodiversity data to support plant conservation
12.30 Lunch
13.45 Plenary - Prof Stephen Blackmore, Regius Keeper, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK
Partnerships for conservation
14.15 Plenary- Prof Kaiyun Guan, Director and Professor, Turpan Eremophyte Botanic Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Global Significance of Biodiversity and its Conservation in Central Asia
14.45 Coffee

Parallel sessions

Parallel 1 - Success globally
Botanic Gardens - Celebrating Success

Beatriz Maruri Aguilar, Cadereyta Regional Botanical Garden, Mexico.
The Cadereyta Regional Botanical Garden: An up-to-date review of its contributions toward conservation of Central México

Iurii Naumtcev, Botanic Garden of Tver State University, Russia.
GSPC - think globally, act locally.

Chris Russell, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, Australia.
Celebrating successes: Australian garden vision realised at Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne

Maïté Delmas, Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France.
Madagascar and the Natural History Museum, Paris a living naturalist tradition committed to conservation and development

Parallel 2 - Beyond the garden walls
Botanic gardens and capacity building

Hans Persoon, Utrecht University Botanic Gardens, Netherlands.
A new, botanical-garden-led undergraduate course combining botany and high level conservation management thinking.

Leigh Morris, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK.
The role of blended & virtual Learning in capacity building

Barbara Wheeler, Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand.
Training for the Future - gaining strength through partnerships

Gregory M. Mueller, Chicago Botanic Garden, USA.
Mitigating the loss of botanical capacity – Examples from Chicago Botanic Garden

Rapid Fire Presentations

Liz Caddick, Gold Coast Regional Botanic Garden, Australia.
Growing and Learning: the vital role of trainees in a regional botanic garden

Melanie Sifton, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, USA.
BBG's Brooklyn Urban Gardener (BUG) Program launches green community leaders

Joachim Gratzfeld, BGCI, UK.
A new, electronic manual for botanic gardens development and management

Parallel 3 - Horticultural changes
Sustainability in botanic gardens

Casey Sclar, American Public Gardens Association, USA.
Public Gardens Sustainability Index: A tool for gardens to pursue and benchmark their best practices

Marcus Ragus, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Australia.
The changing face of botanical gardens: Adaptation or contraction?

Chris Bisson, Eden Project, UK.
Plant records and the triple bottom line

Mark Richardson, Planning for Plants, Australia.
What will make botanic gardens environmentally sustainable?

Annette Patzelt, Oman Botanic Garden, Oman.
The Oman Botanic Garden: A bold and visionary project

Symposium 1
Discussion Round Table: Generating collaborations to utilise ex situ living collections to achieve Target 8 of the GSPC.
Organiser: Andrew Wyatt, Missouri Botanical Garden, USA.

Speakers: Wei Bang Sun, Kunming Botanic Garden, China; David Rae, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK; Tim Entwisle, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Australia; Christopher Willis, SANBI, South Africa.

Symposium 2
Debating priorities: Directors’ perspectives on the social and environmental roles of botanic gardens
Organiser: Asimina Vergou, BGCI, UK.

Speakers: Paul Smith, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK; James Hearsum, Royal Botanic Garden, Jordan; Sophia Siskel, Chicago Botanic Garden, USA. Michael Kiehn, University of Vienna, Austria.

17.30 Evening Reception


Tuesday 22 October 2013

Congress Day 2: The regional perspective
Dunedin Centre

9.00 Plenary - Chipper Wichman, Chief Executive Officer and Director, National Tropical Botanical Garden, United States
Ho'oulu ka Ulu - Addressing global food security through science, innovation and the Polynesian cultural knowledge of breadfruit
9.30 Plenary - Dr Marion Johnson, Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago, Dunedin Traditional use of plants by Maori in Aotearoa, New Zealand
10.00 Plenary - Clarence Slockee, Coordinator, Aboriginal Programs – Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and Domain Trust Indigenous cultural values in nature conservation
10.30 Coffee

Parallel sessions

Parallel 4 – Success globally
It starts with a seed

Paul Smith, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK.
The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership: conserving and enabling the use of plant diversity for innovation and adaptation

Lucy Sutherland, Australian Seed Bank Partnership, Australia. Partnerships for plant conservation: seed banks in Australia

Philippe Bardin, National Natural History Museum, Paris, France.
Using native seeds in landscaping and land restoration: When public policies help the emergence of local plant nurseries.

David Taylor, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Australia.
Seed Production Areas at the Australian National Botanic Gardens

Megan Haidet, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of Interior, USA.
Seed banking and native plant materials for a changing climate

Rapid fire presentation

Costantino Bonomi, Museo delle Scienze, Trento, Italy.
NASSTEC: a new EU project for native seed production and use in grassland restoration

Parallel 5 - Horticultural changes
Managing living collections

Andrew Wyatt, Missouri Botanical Garden, USA.
How to affect change in living collections

Christopher Bailes, Chelsea Physic Garden UK.
Chelsea Physic Garden: seeking contemporary relevance in a historic setting

Tim Upson, Cambridge University Botanic Garden, UK.
Putting science into plant displays – the challenge for University Botanic Gardens

Judy West, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Australia.
Bridging the gap between horticulture and science for plant conservation

Lex Nieboer, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick. City of Casey, Australia.
A rock to a hard place, gardening a difficult environment.

Parallel 6 - Science and innovation Conservation in action

Ulyana Spirina, Botanical Garden of Tver State University, Russia.
Living Bryophyte Collection in Botanical Garden of Tver State University as a Case Study in Bryophyte Conservation in Russia

Marcella Cocoran, Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, UK.
Saving the National tree of the Turks and Caicos Islands

Mercy Morris, Plant Heritage, UK.
Red-listing UK cultivars - Progress in the Threatened Plants Project

Ian Bailey Oliver, Oman Botanic Garden, Oman.
Plants on death row given a second chance - the challenges of saving mature native plants from the wild for a new botanic garden in the Sultanate of Oman

Marko Hyvärinen, Finnish Museum of Natural History, Finland.
From strategy to action – the first steps in the ESCAPE project

Symposium 3
Sentinel plants for biosecurity risk assessment
Organiser: Nigel Bell, AgResearch Ltd, New Zealand

Ellie Barham, BGCI UK.
Introducing an International Plant Sentinel Network

Lee Alders, AgResearch Ltd, New Zealand.
Using expatriate New Zealand flora in Botanic Gardens as predictors of nematode threats to New Zealand's natural ecosystems

John Clemens, Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand.
Spoilt for choice: Identifying new associations between aphids and Pinaceae using botanic gardens

Peter Scott, Scion, New Zealand.
Monitoring of expatriate, ‘sentinel’, plantings of New Zealand Myrtaceae in Australia to determine the threat of Puccinia psidii (myrtle rust) to New Zealand

Daniel Stern, American Public Gardens Association, USA.
New opportunities for botanical gardens to contribute to the early detection of high-consequence plant pests and diseases through collaborative offshore monitoring.

Symposium 4
Tourism is not a dirty word Organiser: Alison Partridge, Going Gardens/Canada's Garden Council

Symposium 5
Naturally New Zealand
Organiser: Alan Matchett, Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand.

Speakers: Daphne Lee, Geoff Rogers, Peter Johnson, Sue Scheele



Workshop: Ethnobotany in the garden: engaging communities with nature.
Organiser: Ashley Glenn, Sacred Seeds Program Manager, Missouri Botanical Garden, US

14.00 Plenary - Brett Summerell, Deputy Executive Director, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney Science and Conservation
Challenges and opportunities for botanic gardens in the Australasian and Asia-Pacific region
14.30 Plenary - Alan Matchett, Director, Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand
150 years of botanic gardens in New Zealand
15.00 Coffee and Posters
Themes: Success globally; Beyond the Garden Walls

Parallel sessions

Parallel 7 - Success globally
The importance of partnerships

Mark Weathington, JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University, USA.
The North American Plant Collections Consortium as a model for conservation, research, and education in botanic gardens

Rosniati Apriani Risna, Bogor Botanic Garden, Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Indonesia.
Setting priorities for the conservation of threatened plants in Indonesia: Five-year progress

Christopher Willis, South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa.
Kirstenbosch (1913 to 2013): celebrating 100 years of conserving South Africa’s indigenous plants

Tom Myers, Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand.
Ex situ conservation In New Zealand botanic gardens

Xiangying Wen, BGCI, China.
Efforts in saving China's botanical heritage

Parallel 8 - Beyond the garden walls
Community engagement

Mustafa Falah al shudiefat, Royal Botanic Garden, Jordan.
Community-based Rangeland Rehabilitation Project (CBRR) Royal Botanic Garden, Tell Ar-Rumman, Jordan Case Study

Kimberlie Mccue, Desert Botanical Garden, USA.
The Conservation Alliance—a bold initiative to foster community engagement to study, restore and promote the desert mountain preserves of metro Phoenix, USA

Cecilia Elizondo, Botanic Garden "Dr Alfredo Barrera Marín", Quintana Roo, Mexico.
In situ conservation actions with local communities

Jennifer Cruse-Sanders, Atlanta Botanical Garden, USA.
Botanic gardens as centers for conservation and scientific engagement

Shelley Wood, Williamstown Botanic Gardens, Australia.
Growing hearts and minds.

Parallel 9 - Rapid fire presentations
Studies in botanic gardens

Elena Muratova, V. N. Sukachev Institute of Forest, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia.
Studies on cytogenetic features and reproductive biology of conifers in V.N. Sukachev Institute Arboretum

Yulia Vinogradova, Main Botanical Garden, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia.
Naturalization of alien plant species in botanical gardens of Moscow

Matthew Taylor, Longwood Gardens, USA.
A de novo conservation program - Longwood Gardens

Dongah Shin, Longwood Graduate Program at University of Delaware and Longwood Gardens, USA.
The potential impact of a botanical garden in the Korean Demilitarized Zone

Martin Smit, Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, South Africa. Assessing support for integrated conservation efforts of specific North American Magnolia taxa

Erwin Kluver, The Botanic Garden TU Delft, Netherlands.
Gardens of the future

Symposium 6
Beyond the garden walls; linking gardens, growth and guests Organiser: Richard Benfield, Central Connecticut State University, USA

Janelle Hatherly, Australia
Sowing seeds of wisdom for a greener future.

Symposium 7
BGCI’s plant and garden databases: existing and future applications
Organiser: Abby Hird, BGCI, USA

Abby Hird, BGCI, USA.
Data applications of BGCI's database: 2013 BGANZ collections assessment

Adam Smith, Missouri Botanical Garden, USA.
Networking botanical gardens to assist species’ migratory responses to climate change.

Suzanne Sharrock, BGCI, UK.
Networking botanic gardens for conservation – the role of BGCI’s databases

Symposium 5 (contd.)
Naturally New Zealand
Rapid Fire presentations
Organiser: Alan Matchett, Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand.

Speakers: Kath Dickinson, John Barkla, Rewi Elliot, Steve Newall, Shirley Stuart, Mike Thorsen

  Free Evening


Wednesday 23 October

Congress Day 3
All day field trips

Thursday 24 October 2013

Congress Day 4 - Getting the word out
Dunedin Centre

9.00 Plenary - Scot Medbury, President and Chief Executive Officer, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, USA
9.30 Plenary - Sophia Shaw Siskel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Botanic Garden
Why Gardens Are Important, Especially Now
10.00 Coffee and posters
Horticutural changes; Science and innovation

Parallel sessions

Parallel 10 - Success globally
Supporting ecological restoration

Joachim Gratzfeld, BGCI, UK.
Restoring arid woodlands in Pakistan’s Punjab province

Joyce Maschinski, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, USA.
Factors influencing sustainable rare plant reintroductions: The importance of botanical garden collections, records, and research

Liu Zhanfeng, South China Botanical Garden, China.
Incorporating community participation and native plant resource conservation

Yang Shuo, Yunnan Institute of Environmental Science, China.
Sustainable management of the community forest in Dahetou Village, Tengchong County

Gunther Fischer, Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden Corporation, Hong Kong SAR.
Forest restoration in degraded tropical landscapes: a case study from Hong Kong

Parallel 11 - Beyond the garden walls
Community engagement (2)

Ian McAlister, Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden, Australia.
Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden - How improved planning for green infrastructure and access to green spaces can help improve human health and well being in an urban environment - The role of botanic gardens

Anne Duncan, BGANZ, Australia.
Creating regional sustainability from botanic gardens out.

David Reid, Royal Tasmanian Botanic Garden, Australia.
The Tasmanian Community Food Garden - Seeds of success

Sara Levin Stevenson, Longwood Graduate Program. USA.
Rooted in the Community: Tools for engagement at public gardens

Noel McGough, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK.
Bulbs, BioPolitics and Botanic Gardens - opportunities for new partnerships to secure and support sustainable trade in wild plants.

Parallel 12 - Horticulture
Horticulture and conservation

Kayri Havens, Chicago Botanic Garden, USA.
Consequences of fecundity reduction in cultivars of invasive perennial plants

Patrick Griffith, Montgomery Botanical Center, USA.
Underground plants help conservation on the surface

Jenny Guerin, Botanic Gardens of Adelaide, Australia.
Germination of Veronica parnkalliana seeds in response to season and fire cues.

Colin Clubbe, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK.
Rescue and conservation of a rediscovered endemic fern: Anogramma ascensionis on Ascension Island

Megan Hirst, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Australia.
A not so common garden experiment: Comparing plant responses to different environmental conditions in the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne research garden.

Parallel 13 Science and innovation
Data management

Rebecca Sucher, Missouri Botanical Garden, USA.
Advances in plant records

Bert van den Wollenberg, Botanic Garden, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.
One small step for man

Kerry S. Walter, BG-BASE UK Ltd., UK.
'New' information from 'Old' data

Jinshuang Ma, Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden, China.
Current status and challenges of Chinese plant taxonomy

Marion MacKay, Massey University, New Zealand.
Data management for conservation planning: the example of Rhododendron.

Rapid fire presentation

Dai Ke Tian, Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden, China.
Introduction to the project on international germplasm conservation, database construction and cultivar registration of Nelumbo

Symposium 8
Beyond Seed Banking: Challenges and Opportunities to Conserve Exceptional Species

Organiser: Abby Hird, BGCI, USA.

Valerie C. Pence, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, USA.
From collecting to restoration: The role of in vitro methods in the
conservation of exceptional species

Jennifer Cruse-Sanders, Atlanta Botanical Garden, USA.
Conserving three exceptional temperate plant species – Lessons learned at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Cathy Offord, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Australia.
The Australian rainforest seed conservation project

Hugh Pritchard, Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, UK.
Towards the integrated conservation of exceptional species with extremely small populations

Symposium 9
The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation - a framework for action at the national level

Organiser: Suzanne Sharrock, BGCI, UK

Network meeting
The International Association of Botanic Gardens

Organiser: Hongwen Huang

Open meeting and business meeting

13.00 Lunch
14.00 Plenary - Dr David Rae, Director of Horticulture, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK.
Botanic garden horticulturalists - a threatened species?
14.30 Plenary - Mr Jack Hobbs, Curator Manager, Auckland Botanic Gardens, New Zealand.
The role of plants in environmental solutions
15.00 Coffee

Parallel sessions

Parallel 14 - Success globally
Botanic gardens - pushing boundaries

Pavel Krestov, Botanical Garden-Institute FEB, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia.
Botanical gardens of northern Asia, near the edge of permafrost and beyond

Didik Widyatmoko, Cibodas Botanic Gardens, Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Indonesia.
Treasure of the Four Kings: Plant expeditions to the Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua

Lydia Guja, Australian National Botanic Gardens and Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research, Australia.
Ecological drivers of seed germination in endangered Australian bog and fen communities

Bob Ursem, Botanic Garden Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.
Smart plant use in water management and shown in a new display water garden in Delft Botanic Gardens, The Netherlands.

Jean Pierre Laurent, Fork Research Centre, Saint Lucia National Trust, St Lucia.
The Role of Botanical Gardens (Private and Public) through the merger of Kwéyòl Gardens for Sustainability development and the Conservation of the Caribbean Bio-cultural Heritage.

Parallel 15 - Beyond the garden walls
Community engagement (3)

Abby Hird, BGCI, USA.
Care for the Rare: Interpretation resources for any garden

Michael Connor, Wollongong Botanic Garden, Australia.
The Ghost of Courtney Puckey-interpreting the past, conserving the future

Cris Brack, Australian National University, Australia.
New science at the National Arboretum of Canberra

David Kendall, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Australia.
How do we influence our visitors? Gardening beyond our boundary

Rapid fire presentation

Joseph Cahill, Ventura Botanical Gardens, USA.
Engaging communities with new integrative GIS technologies-Ventura Botanical Gardens

Symposium 10
Strengthening the conservation value of tree collections for ex situ conservation

Organiser: Gerard T. Donnelly, The Morton Arboretum

William McNamara, Quarryhill Botanical Garden. USA.
Making our collections more valuable: A case study from Quarryhill Botanical Garden’s ex situ conservation program

Sara Oldfield, BGCI, UK.
Developing integrated tree conservation approaches

Dr David Rae, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK.
The International Conifer Conservation Programme – an effective network towards safe guarding threatened conifers

Nicole Cavendar, The Morton Arboretum, USA.
A path to the future; challenges and practical approaches for strengthening ex-situ conservation efforts for trees

Symposium 11
The Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing – How does it affect botanic gardens?

Organiser: Natasha Ali, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK.

Michael Kiehn, University of Vienna, Austria.
IPEN (International Plant Exchange Network) and its current activities related to the Nagoya Protocol of the Convention on Biodiversity

Pamela Allenstein, American Public Gardens Association, USA.
Engaging U.S. Gardens in Access and Benefit-Sharing: a National Issues Forum

Kate Davis, BGCI, Canada.
An ABS survey for botanic gardens: how prepared are we for new rules?

Symposium 12
Feeding the Community: Approaches to Urban Gardening in North American Public Gardens and Across the Globe.

Organiser: Donald Rakow, Cornell Plantations. USA.

Gregory Mueller, Chicago Botanic Garden, USA.
Urban agriculture programs at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Mary Pat Matheson, Atlanta Botanical Garden, USA.
Atlanta Botanical Garden - A challenging collaboration in urban agriculture

Scot Medbury, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, USA.
Youth gardening at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Planning living collections- a 'hands-on' workshop

Organiser: John Arnott, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, Australia / BGANZ

19.00 Congress Dinner

Friday 25 October 2013

Congress Day 5 - Looking to the future
Dunedin Centre


Plenary - Dr Jin Chen, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Science
How to be a conservation garden


Plenary Dr Kathy MacKinnon, Vice Chair, World Commission on Protected Areas, UK
Ecological restoration and the role of botanic gardens in restoring damaged habitat


Plenary - Prof Peter Wyse-Jackson, President, Missouri Botanical Garden, USA
Celebrating botanic gardens - future challenges









Education in botanic gardens: moving from "Sage on the Stage" to "Engage on Discover"
Organisers: Julia Wilison and Asimina Vergou, BGCI, UK