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30 Nov 2020

Botanic Gardens — stories of recovery and regeneration

THE BOTANIC GARDENer Issue 55 SUMMER 2020/21 – Out Now!

Feature Interview: A serial entrepreneur with a conscience, Eric Ralls, founder and CEO of PlantSnap

Botanic new from home and abroad: Revision of ex situ plant conservation guidelines, Dr Amelia Martyn Yenson, ANPC Project Manager (Germplasm Guidelines)

Climate risk assessment tool project (Climate Change Alliance of Botanic Gardens), Peter Symes, Curator Horticulture, Melbourne Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

San Francisco’s trees: an experiment in diversity, Mike Sullivan, Jason Dewees and Richard Turner

Kids explore Bundaberg Botanic Gardens with new activity book, Roana O’Neill, Co-ordinator Communication and Engagement, Bundaberg Regional Council

Interview: After the fires – where we are now and where we’re going, John Siemon, Director of Horticulture at the Botanic Gardens Greater Sydney and Dr Brett Summerell, Director Research and Chief Botanist

Feature Articles: Handy hints on what to do when your botanic garden burns down, Michael Anlezark, Manager, Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden

Mount Tomah and the Goblet of Fire: a summer I’ll never forget, Greg Bourke, Curator Manager, Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah

Mount Tomah and the Order of the Phoenix: the garden rises from the ashes, Ian Allan, Supervisor of Arboriculture and Natural Areas, Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah

Botanic gardens: a refuge during times of stress and disaster. Notes of the experience at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Wolfgang Bopp, Director of Botanic Gardens and Garden Parks and Bede Nottingham, Team Leader for Operations Support, Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Feature Garden: Rain on the Gardens’ birthday parade, Julie Akmacic and Toby Golson, Australian National Botanic Gardens

BCARM – BGANZ Collections and Records Management: Care for the Rare update, John Arnott, Manager Horticulture, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Cranbourne Gardens

BGEN – Get involved with the Botanic Gardens Engagement Network, Julia Watson, Botanic Gardens Engagement Network Convenor

Plant Health Australia – Networks and digital communications for botanic gardens communities

Daniela Carnovale, Project Officer and David Gale, Manager, Data Management and Surveillance Communities, Plant Health Australia

BGCI’s Directory of Expertise, Brian Lainoff, Head of Membership Strategy and Services, BGCI

Australian Seed Bank Partnership – ex situ seed conservation for bush fire recovery, Damian Wrigley, National Coordinator, Australian Seed Bank Partnership

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