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The Birth of bgen – Celebrating 25 Years!

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25 Years of BGEN: The Questionnaire!!!

We asked founder members to give us their recollections of the “birth” of BGEN. We would like to thank Gail Bromley, Bill Graham, Sue Minter, Julia Willison and Ruth Taylor for their very valuable (if slightly hazy!) memories.
  • What inspired the formation of BGEN?
Gail Bromley -The fact that as educationalists we very rarely had much support or training – Education was a relatively new field for Botanic gardens at that time and only … Continue Reading ››

University of Leicester Botanic Garden

The University of Leicester Botanic Garden is fundamentally an academic institution engaged in teaching and research. Its mission is to explore and explain the world of plants by:
  • maintaining the most diverse garden in the region, in terms of both plants, including special conservation collections, and landscape features, including historically and architecturally important buildings;
  • underpinning scientific research at the University;
  • providing essential, material support to University teaching;
  • devising and providing both passive and formal education programmes aimed at all age groups outside of the … Continue Reading ››

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a scientific amenity and educational organisation devoted to increasing knowledge and public understanding of plant and fungi diversity. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Kew Gardens holds the world’s largest collection of living plants and performs a unique role in local and international conservation, research and biodiversity. All our learning experiences are taught by our professional, enthusiastic and dedicated Learning Programme Teachers. The schools programme has been developed to align with the National … Continue Reading ››

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew at Wakehurst

Wakehurst is Kew's country garden located in West Sussex. The 465 acres of country estate with ornamental gardens, temperate woodlands and an Elizabethan Mansion, is also the home of the Millennium Seed Bank where seeds collected from wild plants from all over the world are stored. Kew is a scientific amenity and educational organisation devoted to increasing knowledge and public understanding of plant and fungal diversity. Kew performs a unique role in local and international conservation, research and biodiversity. At Wakehurst, all … Continue Reading ››