Date – 8 May 2019 - 9 May 2019
Time – 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where – Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Buller’s Way, Abbotsbury,, Devon DT3 4LA. View Map

Climate change can be a politically divisive subject. Irrespective of the causes of climate change, horticulturists in Britain and Ireland are undoubtedly seeing the effects of a changing climate in their gardens, arboreta and plant collections. More extreme weather events, rising global temperatures, and changing rainfall patterns are just some of the challenges facing botanic and public gardens.  The PlantNetwork Conference provides a platform to discuss some of the challenges facing gardens – and looks at opportunities that might also emerge.

With speakers presenting across a range of different issues from invasive ornamentals and plant health to planting choices and water management, the PlantNetwork Conference will address topical issues and showcase the latest research.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Helen Hoyle, Senior Lecturer in Healthy Built Environments at the University of the West of England : “Evolution in action? Public perception of non-native planting in the designed urban landscape.”
  • Stephen Griffith, Curator of Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens: “Climate change and Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens”
  • Tomos Jones, NERC SCENARIO PhD student, University of Reading: “Ornamental plants: a threat to the environment due to climate change?”
  • Richard Baines, Curator of Logan Botanic Garden, RBGE: “Challenges of a changing environment”
  • Simon Toomer, National Specialist for Plant Conservation at the National Trust: “Using plant and tree selection in historical and designed landscapes to better adapt to climate change”
  • Dr Mark McCarthy, Science Manager of the National Climate Information Centre (NCIC) at the Met Office: “Strawberries at Christmas? Variability and change in UK Climate”
  • Julian Ives, Dragonfli Ltd: “New innovations & challenges for Biological control at garden sites”
  • Augusta Grand, Head of Policy, Eden Project: “Doing your bit in the climate crisis”
  • John Edmiston, Tropical Britain: “Plant Choices in a Changing Climate – Conservation, Environment & Horticulture”
  • Mark Broadmeadow, Principal Adviser for Climate Change with the Forestry Commission: “Resilient trees: planning for the future


PlantNetwork represents over 300 gardens including all the major public horticultural and botanic gardens in the countries. It exists to promote the use of plant collections as national resources for the public, horticulture, research, education and conservation and encourage the highest standards of practice in all aspects of the management.

How much does it cost?

PlantNetwork members: £295, Non-member: £345, One-day (members): £150, One-day(non-members): £190

How do I book or find out more?

Please visit the PlantNetWork website (open external link)