BOTANICAL GARDENS AS PART OF EUROPEAN CULTURAL HERITAGE
Institute of Botany CAS v.v.i.
Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania
Wroclaw University, Wroclaw, Poland
Park der Gärten, Bad Zwischenahn, Germany
The botanic gardens (BGs) in Europe ha
ve similar historical, cultural and social roots but country-specific conditions of their origin, mission and development. The BGs located in different countries have different, country and locally-specific climate, soil, resources, maintenance, pests and diseases. But, after all, they can grow the same plants, focus on the same design.
Working in botanic garden has many levels and it can offer many ways of informal learning. Every botanic garden is a unique location for education students, young people and the public.
A) To communicate with each other, reflect own practice in comparison with others and find similarities, inspiration and mutual understanding of the historical, cultural, social and educational, economic and horticultural characteristics and practice of botanical gardens in different European countries.
B) Persons engaged in the project would use their hands and brains to share the good practices and co-operate in the creation of summary outputs for education and training for target group.
What we intend to do:
1. To create new international network of BGs for communication, reflection, exchange practice, collaborative learning and co-operation of new knowledge.
2. To involve and induct students and young employees into the international network for their professional and personal development in complex understanding of the value of BGs
3. To create innovative educational and training materials for workers (incl. young employees) and students in BGs.
4. To create new ways to educate and inform professionals and general public, including tools of motivating young people.
1. International network of BGs from four countries.
2. Methodology – Set of 5 booklets. Presentation of collections of historical plants (iris, rose, daylily and peony), history and traditions of growing irises in culture, introduction of garden assortment, breeding development, maintenance of the collections in terms of scientific significance and cultural heritage, list of recommended garden varieties, summary and recommendation of basic garden maintenance of genus.
3. Travelling exhibition and guided walks in four countries.