20 years, 5 continents, 3 conferences, Miami here we come

It was 20 years ago today (give or take a few months), since the first version of IrisBG was installed at the Botanical Garden, University Of Oslo. Since then, IrisBG has been carefully curated and improved over the years, including a complete redesign in 2004 and 2010. In the same period, we have also seen the community grow from a relatively modest number in the early noughties, passing two digits in 2009 and now likely to pass one hundred in 2016, spread over five continents.

20 years growth of the IrisBG community

20 years growth of the IrisBG community


Thank you

We would like to express our gratitude to everyone who has joined us over the years, and in particular the early adopters. We appreciate that it requires extra courage and integrity to adopt a software solution that is relatively unknown or not used in your region. We would especially like to thank:

  • The Botanical Garden at University of Oslo (1996).
  • The community of botanic gardens in Norway (2004).

    Soon to be found everywhere?

    Soon to be found everywhere?

  • Exbury Gardens, UK (2007, first outside Norway).
  • Hoyt Arboretum, USA, (2012, first on the American continent).
  • Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2013, first on mainland/central Europe).
  • Stellenbosch University, South Africa (2013, first in Africa).
  • Ramat Hanadiv Memorial Gardens and Nature Park, Israel (2014, first in Asia).
  • And finally, our first garden on the Australian continent, which is scheduled to join in a few weeks.

We are very grateful for the trust you have bestowed upon us and look forward to working with you in the years to come.

PlantNetwork meeting, Positive Plant Records

The PlantNetwork Plant Records Group organized yet another successful training day titled “Positive Plant Records” on May 12th. The meeting included many of the most esteemed record keepers in the UK and the presentations were very diverse and inspiring. Many thanks to the PlantNetwork for organising the event and the people at the Eden Project for being such great hosts.

The Magical Eden Project in spring

The Magical Eden Project in spring

More details about the event, including links to the presentations, can be found here: http://plantnetwork.org/meetings/plant-records-group/positive-plant-records/

IrisBG UK Conference

This year, we tried something new and organized our UK conference a day after the PlantNetwork Plant Records Group meeting at the Eden Project. We thought this would make it easier for delegates who have to travel far and hoped to attract more delegates to both events. As a consequence, we had the pleasure of being joined by a good number of delegates not familiar with IrisBG. The programme was adapted somewhat to give room for more in-depth presentations and discussions relating to mapping, taxonomy, label production, working with events and data import.

IrisBG Conference

IrisBG Conference at The Eden Project

Our heartfelt thanks to the presenters, everyone who joined the conference and in particular, Chris Bisson and the Eden Project for hosting the event at their fantastic garden.

BIAZA Plant Working Group Conference

On May 18th and 19th we were pleased to joining the Zoo Horticulture Conference at Bristol Zoo Gardens as sponsors and exhibitors. A number of IrisBG users attended the conference and it was a great opportunity to catch up with this particular part of our community. The record keeping requirements for botanical collections in a Zoo are slightly different from botanical gardens in that they also need to track the relation certain plants have to the animals. This can be information related to fodder production, toxicity, etc. These requirements can largely be handled using custom attributes. Many thanks to Eddie Mole and the team at Bristol Zoo Gardens for hosting a great event. Next year’s conference is to be held at Bioparco de Roma (Date to be announced).

Zoo Horticulture Conference at Bristol Zoo

Zoo Horticulture Conference at Bristol Zoo

Join our monthly Q&A Webinar

Our Q&A Webinar is now a held every first thursday of the month at 15:00 GMT (10:00 am EST). For more details, visit http://www.irisbg.com/blog/index.php/events/event/irisbg-question-answer-webinar/

American Public Garden Association Annual Conference 2016

It is now 4 years since our first appearance at the annual APGA conference as exhibitors. In 2012, we were very uncertain about what to expect and whether the trip across the Atlantic would be worthwhile. Since then, our community in North America has grown from zero to nearly 40 in 4 years and is now similar in size to our European community. Needless to say, the conference is a great event for us to meet the North American community, which we now feel very much a part of. If you are joining this year’s conference, hope to see you at the exhibit or the workshop on Friday.

APGA conference : http://publicgardens.org/professional-development/welcome-miami/

One of many (14?) Amorphophallus titanum at Eden Project

One of many (14?) Amorphophallus titanum at Eden Project this year

The majestic Crataegus Laevigata at Bristol Zoo Gardens

The very mature Crataegus laevigata at Bristol Zoo Gardens

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