Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


New Curator Appointed For Botanic Gardens

New Curator Appointed For Botanic Gardens

Leading New Zealand plant biologist and award-winning landscape architect John Clemens has been appointed as the new curator of Christchurch’s Botanic Gardens.

He takes up the role this Monday (27 July), bringing to the job more than 30 years experience working in the field of horticultural research in Australia and New Zealand.

Christchurch City Council City Environment General Manager Jane Parfitt says the appointment comes after a three-year search to find a new curator.

“Dr Clemens has a unique background in plant research, education and landscape architecture, having lectured at the University of Sydney, been Director of the Nursery Research Centre at Massey University, and recently completing a Master of Landscape Architecture with Distinction at Lincoln University.

“His vision for the Botanic Gardens is to enhance Christchurch’s reputation as New Zealand’s Garden City by ensuring the Gardens are not only world class but also become a leading world institution for botanical and horticultural research and excellence,” she says.

“His priorities will be to foster and nurture strong relationships with tertiary and research institutions and the community to ensure the Botanic Gardens continue to evolve and be a showcase of the city’s horticultural heritage and diversity.”

Dr Clemens, who has lived in Christchurch for the last five years studying, researching and lecturing at Lincoln and Canterbury universities and working as a landscape architect, says he is excited about taking up his new role of stewardship of the Garden City’s most important asset.

His passion for plants was developed as a young child, spending many hours “weeding my mother’s garden and breeding dahlias”, while with his father “jumping the fence and exploring the natural environment”. This has given him an appreciation of both the cultivated and wild environments.

“Botanic gardens have never been so important for our community. World-wide, most botanic gardens were originally planted for medicinal plants and scientific study; however these have evolved today into being important places for conservation and biodiversity.”

He says botanic gardens are special places that preserve, showcase and celebrate the diversity of plant life; places where visitors go to see the botanical heritage of various parts of the world.

“Christchurch’s Botanic Gardens are so new and in the process of change which provides the community with the opportunity to think about the botanical future they want for their Gardens within its cultural and historical context.”

Dr Clemens says botanic gardens are in essence about the people and he is looking forward to working with all the communities of Christchurch’s Botanic Gardens, from the Friends of the Botanic Gardens, horticultural societies and garden clubs to research institutes, the public, and the Gardens own staff.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news