Talks and Articles

Horticulture Forum - April 2022

The first Horticulture Forum of 2022 was hosted by BGANZ and focuses on climate change adaptation and the particular challenges of implementing such adaptations in regional and smaller botanic gardens, in which resources are often limited, and of course how fellow botanic gardens can best offer support.

Presentations included:

  • Peter Symes of Cooktown Botanic Garden (AUS) on "A diversity of gardens: a diversity of approaches" 
  • Andrea Proctor of Proctor Landscapes (AUS) on "Climate preparedness garden in a regional botanic garden setting"
  • Emma Simpkins of Auckland Botanic Gardens (NZ) with "Plant selection for sustainable water management"  

Horticulture Forum - December 2021

Graciela Barreiro of Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays in Buenos Aires, Argentina hosts the December Horticulture Forum and presents Promoting the recovery of native wetland flora in the Río de la Plata estuary, Argentina. She takes us on an in depth look at the process behind the rehabilitation of the Río de la Plata estuary and discusses the climactic obstacles faced and the creative solutions implemented to ensure the endeavour was a successful one. 

The Modern Garden Conference by the Plant Network

On the topic of ‘Planting for a Changing Climate’, Clare Hart, Manager Horticulture, and Tessa Kum Horticulture Administration, presented at the Modern Garden Conference in November 2021. In this presentation – Changing the Gardens in a Changing Climate: The Future Garden  - why we all need a Climate Change Alliance of Botanic Gardens – the future climate of Melbourne is analysed to identify the specific challenges posed to the RBGV Melbourne Gardens. Considering these challenges led then to the identifying of opportunities; for research, for adaptation, and for collaboration, collaboration which serves only to strengthen the resilience of all botanic gardens around the world. The lessons learned at RBGV have a wider application which reaches far beyond the garden fence, and can be of use to all.

The Climate Change Alliance: Botanic Garden Horticulturists as Agents for Change

Download and read this fantastic article on the Climate Change Alliance, by Peter Symes and Clare Hart.

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The Botanic Garden that Thought it Could Change the World

Join acclaimed writer and climate activist Sophie Cunningham (author of Melbourne and City of Trees) in virtual conversation with Charlie Carroll, Manager Arboriculture, and Clare Hart, Manager Horticulture, about the Gardens’ Landscape Succession Strategy and the international Climate Change Alliance of Botanic Gardens.

Collaboration between botanic gardens across the globe is essential in understanding how plants will grow and survive in a warming climate. Sophie, Charlie and Clare will discuss how the Climate Change Alliance was formed right here in Melbourne, and how botanic gardens can harness their expertise to share and exchange skills and information on a global platform.

Horticulture Forum - September 2021

For the inaugural CCABG Horticulture Forum we were fortunate to have RBGV Melbourne Garden's own Kate Roud presenting Some Don't Like It Hot: Safeguarding the New Zealand Collection at RBGV Melbourne.

In this presentation Kate talks about the challenges of maintaining a collection of plants which typically want more cold temperatures and more water that Melbourne is known for, and the opportunities which arise when keeping such a collection in a climate which is only getting hotter and drier.

For a transcript of this presentation click here