We’ve collected a resource bank of useful teaching aids, articles, conference proceedings, research and much more. Some are freely available; bgen Members can login and access all articles.

‘The BIG Picnic’ Joint Networking Day 17th June 2014

‘THE BIG PICNIC; seeking, sharing and making new connections in outdoor learning’

• bgen (Botanic Gardens Education Network)
• FACE (Farming and Countryside Education)
• FEN (Forest Education),
• LEEF (London Environmental Educators Forum

Four outdoor education networks came together to explore and share approaches to learning, make new connections and find ways of working together. bgen, FACE, FEN and LEEF  hosted the day together at the South London Botanical Institute. The BIG Picnic received (more…)

Orienteering and Geocaching Training Day

Tuesday 25 March 2014, University of Oxford Harcourt Arboretum

Harcourt Group
Harcourt Group

Delegates spent a day in the beautiful surroundings of University of Oxford Harcourt Arboretum developing their knowledge of geocaching and orienteering. Lynn Daley, Education & Outreach Officer at Harcourt led this hands on and mainly outdoor training day. There were exciting and practical ideas for using orienteering and geocaching to (more…)

The Drama of Plants 2013 – Workshop notes


The Drama of Plants: creative ways to excite people about plants

University of Dundee Botanic Garden

6 – 8th November 2013

View a selection of fabulous photographs here

Green Fairy – can fairies be used to inspire early years learning?

Introduced by Susie Kelpie, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Asked if we believe in fairies, what are they and what do they look like? Then as if (more…)

The Drama of Plants 2013 – keynotes and other activity

The Drama of Plants; creative ways to excite people about plants

University of Dundee Botanic Gardens, 6-8th November 2013

Welcome to the Conference

Kate Measures – bgen Chair

Kate welcomed everyone to the Conference and opened the proceedings with an ‘ice breaker’.  See Kate’s presentations here (690KB pdf) and here (1.6KB pdf)

Four inspiring examples of creative ways to inspire people about plants:

  • Yarn bombing at National Trust Calke (more…)

Harnessing Volunteer Power 5.9.13 – summary of sessions

Put the “Va Va Voom” back into volunteering!

bgen had a very successful training day on Thursday 5 September, at the lovely Winterbourne House & Garden in Birmingham. The programme included group activities that looked at strategic issues; case study; tour of the garden; volunteer perspectives and recruitment and retention of volunteers. There was a diverse group of delegates from botanic gardens, arboretum, wildlife and the zoo sector who were all at different (more…)

Using the garden ghosts of your wartime or historic past

Kindly contributed by Mark Norris, Newquay Zoo, World War Zoo Gardens project.Poppies_Field_in_Flanders_CC

Visitors to your botanic garden are not just amazed by your plants, seeking tranquil green surroundings or an easy-to-reach wild space. Some may be(come) intrigued by your history, fascinated by who worked there and what went on at your botanic garden in the past.
We already use personality or biography – famous plant hunters, (more…)