Experience Botanic Gardens Day 2022 all over again - on our website!

We've added some great content from Botanic Gardens Month (and Day!) 2022 to BGANZ's website, https://www.bganz.org.au/.

Check it out now!

Click here to view videos from member gardens in Australia and New Zealand promoting the #PlantLoversChallenge.

Click here to see the winning photos in the #LoveSeasol #PlantLoversChallenge competition.

Click here (and scroll down the page!) for links to the webinars, livestreamed events and Radio 3CR's gardening show.

August BCARM Plant Forum 11 August

Thursday 11 August 1pm AEST/3pm NZT

Theme: Myrtaceae ex situ collections – what do we have and how do we manage them

The Council of Heads of Australian Botanic Gardens Incorporated (CHABG) and Botanic Gardens Australian New Zealand Inc (BGANZ) will shortly disseminate a survey to botanic gardens and seed banks to develop a national living collections database of Myrtle Rust-susceptible plant species. CHABG and BGANZ will release the survey in July and promote it at the Global Botanic Gardens Congress in Melbourne in September 2022. This forum will present some case studies of gardens preparing and managing collections for myrtle rust, as well as introduce the survey and present an opportunity to ask questions. 

  • Amanda Shade from Kings Park highlighting how they have prepared for myrtle rust in their collections
  • Rick Ackland from North Coast Botanic Gardens about how they manage their collections in the face of myrtle rust
  • Damian Wrigley and Brad Desmond will share the upcoming Myrtaceae survey for all BGANZ members to participate in. 

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Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria re-launches VicFlora plant identification database

This week, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria re-launched its VicFlora database to help users identify plants more easily. 

First launched in September 2016, VicFlora provides identification tools and information for all known native and naturalised Victorian plants. It is a free online resource available to researchers, scientists, and the public.

Now, the platform has even more features including updated distribution maps, ‘exemplars’ for Eucalyptus and Acacia (wattle) which are high-res images of perfect reference specimens including close ups of key diagnostic characters needed for identification, updated 'threat status' fields, a glossary, added definitions and more.

For more information, please click here.
Registrations for 17th Australasian Botanic Guides Conference close Monday 15 August

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria are delighted to be hosting this year’s Botanic Guides Conference from 23-28 October this year. You can register via the conference webpage where there is further information: https://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/volconf22/

If you are yet to register, we strongly encourage you to do so at your earliest opportunity to ensure you secure a spot at your preferred sessions. Spaces are limited and registrations will close on Monday 15th August.

Registrations for our Melbourne and Cranbourne volunteers will open in early August. 
Survey of urban tree and green space management 

You are invited to participate in a study of the adoption and use of Smart Urban Forestry technology in Australia. The purpose of the study is to identify the extent of technology use and barriers to adoption, in management of urban forests and green space.

The study is being conducted by David Stead to meet the requirements of Master of Research under the supervision of Distinguished Professor Michelle Leishman, email: michelle.leishman@mq.edu.au.

The study is being conducted by survey and interview. This email request is for involvement through participation in the anonymous survey. If you decide to participate, please use this link to the survey https://mqedu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_51DZNusVMejC9Ce. The survey will close at midnight, 14 August 2022. Participation in this study is entirely voluntary, you are not obliged to participate and if you decide to participate, you are able to exit the survey at any time. You are also able to leave the survey and return at a later time, your previous answers are saved, and you can continue at the point you left the survey. 

Any information or personal details gathered in the course of the study are confidential, except as required by law. No individual will be identified in any publication of the results. A summary of the results (survey and separate interviews) can be made available to you on request, by completing a section at the end of the survey. Summarised results will be used for the purpose of the Master of Research thesis and may be used in calls for papers to applicable conferences or publications. 

The ethical aspects of this study have been approved by the Macquarie University Human Research Ethics Committee (approval reference: 11573). If you have any complaints or reservations about any ethical aspect of your participation in this research, you may contact the Committee through the Director, Research Ethics & Integrity, phone: 02 9850 7854, email: ethics@mq.edu.au. Any complaint you make will be treated in confidence and investigated, and you will be informed of the outcome.

Please feel free to circulate this survey invitation to others in your network, with a role in urban forestry or green space management.

David Stead
m: +61 499 773 748 | e: david.stead@hdr.mq.edu.au
Master of Research Candidate – Smart Urban Forestry Integrated Management System
Department of Natural Sciences
Macquarie University, NSW 
Applications for Botanical Records & Conservation Specialist, Auckland Botanic Gardens, New Zealand close on Monday 1 August

Company: Auckland Council

  • Based in a world class botanical paradise
  • Permanent full-time opportunity
  • Be part of an inspirational hub of learning, education, research and conservation.

He angitūtanga: The opportunity

This role will see you manage our Botanical Records database, oversee plant acquisition, undertake plant identification, work effectively with various agencies and Iwi on threatened plant recovery projects and carry out delivery of other botanical services for stakeholders, visitors and other botanic garden and Council staff. 

You will coordinate our research activities including writing trial plans and coordinate trial reports and publications. You will liaise with partner agencies such as University of Auckland and other tertiary institutions, Plant & Food, MPI, DOC and agencies providing funding for research projects.

For more information, please click here.
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Membership benefits Include — Joining a Network of national and international botanic garden, wide range of institutions and associate professional bodies and groups such as Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI). PLUS:

  • Training and development opportunities
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  • Professional Network working groups (eg. engagement, collections and record management network)
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  • Early bird invitations and discounts to our biennial congress, regional conferences and other events
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  • Cheaper and special car purchase offers

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