Gardening with Nature

I was invited by Richard V. Piacentini of the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA to present in a session at BGCI today called “When Less Bad is Not Good Enough Anymore: Lessons and Leading for a Regenerative World”. Richard has been awarded numerous environmental awards and is an honour to be…

Using plants to sort the world out

The World Green Infrastructure Congress in Berlin has come to an end.   I am sure you’d all love my 4 page conference report but I want to share a few highlights here instead! The climate’s changing.  Many talks had a reference to massive weather changes and natural disasters.  This week in Austria the night-time…

The roofs are alive

“Vegetation makes it possible” …is the tag line of the World Green Infrastructure Network  I am now in Berlin for the WGI network’s annual meeting where the focus is on green or living roofs, as well as the role of plants in urban climate, rainwater management and sustainability.   This is BIG. Actually its the largest…

Plant Conservation in Aotearoa NZ

I presented at Planta Europa today in Kiev, Ukraine. ┬áBecause most other people at this conference are unfamiliar with the NZ flora I focused some issues that unite us (in threatened plant management) and some (hopefully) memorable examples so they want to find out more! We’re not the only country with weed issues and I…

European Plant Conservation

Planta Europa is a European wide network of non-governmental organisations and governments working together to inspire a world where plants are valued and to avert the loss of wild plants. I am at their 8th meeting, they get together every 3 years starting in 1995. There are 23 countries represented here (but one is me…