The second international "Fascination of Plants Day" will be launched under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO). The goal of this activity is to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science for agriculture, in sustainably producing food, as well as for horticulture, forestry, and all of the non-food products such as paper, timber, chemicals, energy, and pharmaceuticals. The role of plants in environmental conservation will also be a key message.
Everybody is welcome to join this initiative!
We invite you to organize for the 18th of May 2013 a fascinating activity related to plants attracting and interacting with the public. May 18th will be the very Fascination of Plants Day and most events will be organised for this day. In addition, where this is not suitable, events will be organised throughout the week of 13-19 May 2013. Just contact your National Coordinator or the EPSO Coordinator Trine Hvoslef-Eide email@example.com to discuss and get guidelines for using the Fascination of Plants Day. The Fascination of Plants Day corporate design can be downloaded for free at the “PR-toolbox” on this webpage to be used to prepare, hold and report on this day, see “Main Menu”.
We invite many others to join in, ranging from schools to horticulture and anyone who feels to have a suited contribution to this initiative. Many plant science institutions, universities, botanical gardens, and museums, together with farmers and companies, have opened their doors at the Fascination of Plants Day 2012, with a variety of plant-based events for all the family - just look at the “Success Story” links in the given countries by clicking “Countries”. Again, the media are invited to join in, and scientists, farmers, politicians and industrialists will discuss with them and present the latest state-of-the-art research and breakthroughs in the plant science world and explore all of the new potential applications plant science can offer.
The Fascination of Plants Day will be backed up by a range of events in public spaces, theatres, cafes, central city squares and parks designed to get everyone thinking about plants.
Plants are fascinating. From one little seed, planted into soil, many green lives can arise - from small herbs up to big trees, or from ornamental flowers to substantial crops which all animals and mankind need to survive on this planet. Plant biologists estimate the total number of plant species roughly to be about 250,000. On the back of this coordinated activity we hope to plant again many virtual and constantly germinating seeds in the collective mind of the European and World Public that plant science is of critical significance to the social and environmental landscape now and into the future.
These institutions will take part at the Fascination of Plants Day 2013. If you would like to join this initiative, please contact your national coordinator.
Auckland Botanic Gardens
- King of the Forest - Celebrate Kauri
Learn abour kauri (Agathis australis)the king of the forest. This large long-lived conifer unique to NZ. This exhibition highlights kauri dieback a recent lethal disease killing kauri trees.
exhibition April 20th -May 20th Visitor Centre, Auckland Botanic Gardens
Auckland Botanic Gardens 092671457 firstname.lastname@example.org
Intl College of Herbal Medicine
Guided walk to identify and discuss the uses of medical plants.
guided tour Sat May 18th , 10.00 -12.00 Albert Town Reserve, Wanaka, New Zealand
Organizer: Isla Burgess, Medical Herbalist, Director, Intl College of Herbal Medicine
BGANZ Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand
Photograph a PLANT on May 18th and win! Join BGANZ and celebrate Fascination of Plants Day by photographing a plant that is special or important. The plant may be one that provides food or non-food products, reminds you of fond memories or is special to you for other reasons. Upload the plant photo to BGANZ Facebook (www.facebook.com/bganzinc) or twitter @BGANZ1 Don’t forget to tell us why this plant is important to you and where you took the photograph. The winning photograph will be featured on an upcoming cover of The Botanic Garden magazine
hands on activities Saturday 18th May for 24 hours The Internet:
PO Box 1777
Canberra, ACT 2601
Scion, New Zealand's leading forest research institution.
- The Importance of Trees
Public display on the importance of trees to our environment.
Trees are an important source of food, energy and resources. They are a storehouse of carbon, the backbone of all life on Earth. We are made of carbon, we eat it and our civilisations are built on it.
Trees play a vital role in maintaining a healthy carbon cycle on Earth, recycling carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and providing a renewable source of energy, food, timber and biofuels.
We need carbon to survive. Unfortunately that need is coupled with one of the most serious problems facing us today - that of global warming.
Come and see our display in the Rotorua District Library and find out how doing something simple like planting a tree, can help our environment now, and into the future.
exhibition 13 May - 25 May Rotorua District Library 1127 Haupapa Street, Rotorua
Kathy Sayle email@example.com
The University of Auckland and Plant and Food Research
- Discover the amazing world of plants
Open day, including: guided tours of NZ native plants; talks on orchids and their pollinators, ethnobotany, plant diseases, and plant biotechnology; interactive displays on fruit and colour, fungi, plant virus diseases, planr DNA, vanilla, insectivorous plants, plant tissue culture.
open day guided tour hands on activities presentation May 18th, 1.00-4.00 p.m. The University of Auckland, Biology Building, 5 Symonds Street, Auckland, New Zealand
Assoc. Prof. Mike Pearson firstname.lastname@example.org +649 3737599 (ext 88371)