Hundreds of botanic garden enthusiasts from 45 countries have
arrived in Dunedin for the Fifth Global Botanic Gardens
The Congress, which starts today, has attracted 329
delegates. The week-long programme of events coincides with
the Dunedin Botanic Garden's 150th anniversary.
In tandem with the congress, the Sixth Biennial Botanic
Gardens Australia and New Zealand Congress is also being
It was anticipated the events would bring about $2 million to
Delegates were coming in the largest numbers from Australia
(61), New Zealand (60), the United States (58), China (29)
and the United Kingdom (27) as well as from Europe, Ethiopia,
India, Nigeria, Russia and Mexico.
Dunedin Botanic Garden team leader Alan Matchett said it was
an exciting time for the garden and city.
''We are looking forward to welcoming delegates and their
guests and showing them the city's wonderful attractions and
Botanic Gardens Conservation International Board of Directors
chairwoman Baroness Joan Walmsley was also attending the
A video address from Dr Braulio Dias, the United Nations
Convention on Biological Diversity executive secretary, would
follow the opening.
Delegates would be attending a range of symposiums, workshops
and field trips during the congress, based at the Dunedin
An address by Dr Richard Benfield from Central Connecticut
State University on garden tourism will be open to the
public. Organised by the Friends of the Botanic Garden, it
will be held in the Botanic Garden Information Centre on
Also on Wednesday night, Melbourne Royal Botanic Garden chief
executive Tim Entwisle will host an open panel discussion at
the Glenroy Auditorium, which will include Royal Botanic
Garden Edinburgh Queen's botanist Prof Stephen Blackmore,
Auckland Botanic Gardens curator manager Jack Hobbs and
Chicago Botanic Garden chief executive Sophia Shaw Siskel.