Humankind forevermore her gardeners.
⎯ Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn
In the 20th Century: “The plant is not only a plant – rare, unusual, ordinary, or doomed to disappearance – but it is also a color, a shape, a volume, or an arabesque in itself.” – Roberto Burle Marx, “Brazilian Artist Robert Burle Marx’s Most Mesmerizing Gardens” by Madeleine Luckel, Vogue.com
In the 19th Century: “Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” – Henry David Thoreau, “Faith in a Seed: The Dispersion of Seeds and Other Late Natural History Writings,” Island Press
In the 18th Century: “I am led to reflect how much more delightful to an undebauched mind is the task of making improvements on the earth, than all the vain glory which can be acquired from ravaging it. . .” – George Washington, December 4, 1788, Mount Vernon, Virginia
from my childhood,
the pretty names
the English give
their flowers . . .
butter-cups and daisies,
daffodils and dandelions,
lilies and lavender,
⎯ Audrey Hepburn
Gardens of the World
Flowers & Flower Gardens
Bleeding Heart Photo By and Copyright Mandy Disher
“BOTANIC GARDENS IN SOCIETY:
VISIONS FOR THE FUTURE”
6th Global Botanic Gardens Congress
of Botanic Gardens Conservation International
Hosted by the Conservatory and Botanical Garden of the City of Geneva
Geneva, Switzerland, 26th - 30th June 2017
The 6th Global Botanic Gardens Congress (6GBGC) is to be hosted by the Conservatory and Botanical Garden of the City of Geneva (CJBG) in 2017, the same year that the CJBG celebrates its 200th Anniversary.
For the first time, the congress will be bilingual (English – French).
The Conservatory and Botanical Garden of the City of Geneva (CJBG) has a herbarium of over 6 000 000 specimens, the collection of the CJBG is one of the most important in the world. It is derived from a long tradition of botany in Geneva that dates back to the 18th Century. It contains plant and fungal specimens from across the globe, but in particular from the Mediterranean, the Near and Far East, South America and Europe.
The institution also has one of the oldest botanical libraries, that contains over 120 000 volumes. It has a fine collection of pre-Linnaean works from the 16th and 17th centuries and a remarkable series of botanical folio’s and quarto’s from the 18th Century that are richly ornamented with engravings.
Today, as always, our trees, our plants and gardens – our great forests, habitats and natural environs – ask so little of us, compared to what is given in return.
Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) organizes an international congress every 3-4 years. These congresses help major actors from botany and conservation to share their experiences, discuss their visions and launch collaborative projects.
Around 600 participants from all around the world will be attending the 2017 congress. Most of them will be leaders of botanic gardens. Besides the keynote speakers and symposia, the 6GBGC will host several workshops and panel discussions on key issues, as well as a number of satellite meetings: general assemblies, strategic councils and committee meetings of biodiversity conservation related organizations.