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03/16/2023 | Greenhouse for tropical crops

Position paper on botanical gardens and colonialism

Verband Botanischer Gärten e.V. publishes position paper on botanic gardens and colonialism

The Association of Botanic Gardens e.V. has published the position paper "Botanic Gardens, Plant Collections and Colonialism". This statement is the discussion result of a working group of curators in the Verband Botanischer Gärten e.V. (VBG). The members of the working group were Botanical Garden Berlin: Dr. Nils Köster, Botanical Gardens Bonn: Dr. Conny Löhne, Palmengarten der Stadt Frankfurt: Dr. Marco Schmidt; Botanical Garden Potsdam: Dr. Michael Burkart; Botanical Garden Tübingen: Dr. Alexandra Kehl; Witzenhausen/Kassel Tropical Greenhouse: Marina Hethke; Zurich Succulent Collection: Dr. Felix Merklinger.

The group critically examined the postcolonial references of their collections, their history, and their self-image. They were assisted by Runa Hoffmann, master's student at the Botanic Garden Berlin, Alexandra Straka, master's student at the Botanic Garden Potsdam, and Demba Sanoh, historian, Berlin.

A bibliography complements the paper.