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Plants are amazing – join us to celebrate their fundamental contribution to our lives, on the fourth international “Fascination of Plants Day”

"Fascination of Plants Day" was launched under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO). to encourage people around the world to celebrate the importance of plant science. Building on the success of previous years – botanic gardens, research labs, schools, museums and farmers will open their doors on 18th May 2017 with plant-based activities for the whole family. This will be backed up by a range of events in public spaces, theatres, cafes, central city squares and parks, designed to get everyone thinking about plants.

Plants are vital to our health and our environment – not only for sustainably producing food, but also in ‘hidden’ ways such as the production of medicines, fuel, chemicals, paper and timber. We want to share our enthusiasm with others and inspire people to think about plant science and conservation in new ways.

Everybody is welcome to join this initiative!

We invite you to get involved by organising a public event or activity for Fascination of Plants Day. Our goal is to break the record of 1000 events organised in 2013. Events could include hands-on activities, talks, debates, nature walks or visits to farms or research facilities. Just look at the “Success Story” link or contact your national coordinator for ideas.

Most events will take place on 18th May 2017; however they may run any time from 2nd to 31st May.

For guidelines and to register an event, contact your national coordinator, or the EPSO Coordinators,

The Fascination of Plants Day corporate logo and designs can be used to prepare, advertise and report on this day. They can be downloaded for free from the PR-toolbox under the Main Menu.

The media are invited to meet with scientists, farmers, politicians and industrialists, to learn about the latest cutting-edge research and breakthroughs in the world of plant science, and to explore the new applications plant science can offer.

Plants are fascinating. From the moment the sun hits them each morning, plants capture light rays which have reached them from outer space, transforming them into living, growing matter. They are critical to our social and environmental landscape now and into the future – join us to sow a seed of inspiration in the minds of others.

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These institutions will take part at the Fascination of Plants Day 2017. If you would like to join this initiative, please contact your national coordinator,