Why Be A Member?

Are you wanting support with ideas, contacts and training?
Do you want to feel part of something bigger?

Becoming a bgen member welcomes you into a network of like-minded, friendly professionals. We are happy to share experience, updates and ideas through training, social media and our annual conference.

‘When I started, I moved from teaching to a botanic garden and didn’t know anyone. Having that wide network was invaluable.’

Gill Owen, Harlow Carr, RHS

Membership can make all the difference between feeling isolated and out of touch, and thriving as part of a supportive network.

Janet Pell, Sefton Park, on what she values about bgen membership:

‘CPD and networking, understanding best practice, fund raising ideas, stealing ideas, ensuring relevance, engaging new audiences and enquiry based learning.’

bgen offers you and your organisation the opportunity to:

Stay up-to-date with free and unlimited access to:

  • Regular news updates on developments in the sector
  • A closed Facebook group for bgen members, offering support, advice, the latest research and events
  • Professional development through volunteering opportunities
  • The latest job vacancies in the sector


Organisational membership gives EVERYONE in your organisation access to all these benefits, from directors to interns.

‘bgen conferences are a core part of my professional development every year’

Chris Meakin, Westonbirt Arboretum, Forestry Commission

Be the first to hear about special rates for:

  • Our annual conference, giving you the opportunity to learn from leaders and innovators in the field and share ideas
  • At least four practical training events, seminars and behind-the-scenes site visits per year, at gardens, forests and heritage sites across the country, including behind the scenes visits
  • Cost effective professional development opportunities for staff and volunteers
  • Networking events

Be represented with:

  •  A national voice for botanical education and our members’ interests
  • Partnerships with related organisations and initiatives, including PlantNetwork and Botanic Gardens Conservation International
  • Voting rights at BGEN General Meetings

‘The best thing is stealing other people’s ideas.’

Neil Paterson, Dundee Botanic Gardens

Click here now to apply for membership