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The fourth international "Fascination of Plants Day" 2017 will be launched under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO). The goal of this activity is to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science for agriculture, in sustainably producing food, as well as for horticulture, forestry, and all of the non-food products such as paper, timber, chemicals, energy, and pharmaceuticals. The role of plants in environmental conservation will also be a key message.
Everybody is welcome to join this initiative!

We invite you to organize for the 18th of May 2017 a fascinating activity related to plants attracting and interacting with the public. Our goal is to break the record of 1000 events you organized in 2013. May 18th 2017 will be the Fascination of Plants Day itself and most events will be organised for this day. In addition, where this is not suitable, events will be organised throughout the weeks of 3 - 31 May 2017. Just contact your national coordinator or the EPSO Coordinators to discuss and get guidelines for using the Fascination of Plants Day. The Fascination of Plants Day corporate design can be downloaded for free at the “PR-toolbox” on this webpage to be used to prepare, hold and report on this day, see “Main Menu”.

We invite many others to join in, ranging from schools to horticulture and anyone who feels to have a suited contribution to this initiative. Many plant science institutions, universities, schools, botanical gardens, and museums, together with farmers and companies, have opened their doors at the Fascination of Plants Day 2012, 2013 and 2015 with a variety of plant-based events for all the family - just look at the “Success Story” links in the given countries by clicking “Countries”. Again, the media are invited to join in, and scientists, farmers, politicians and industrialists will discuss with them and present the latest state-of-the-art research and breakthroughs in the plant science world and explore all of the new potential applications plant science can offer.
The Fascination of Plants Day 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 fascinating. From one little seed, planted into soil, many green lives can arise - from small herbs up to big trees, or from ornamental flowers to substantial crops which all animals and mankind need to survive on this planet. Plant biologists estimate the total number of plant species roughly to be about 250,000. On the back of this coordinated activity we hope to plant again many virtual and constantly germinating seeds in the collective mind of the European and World Public that plant science is of critical significance to the social and environmental landscape now and into the future.

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

McGill University, Department of Plant Science

  • -- Plant Science Photo Contest
    Concours photo de sciences végétales
    Drôles, jolies, étranges, petites ou grandes… Les plantes sont fascinantes ! Montrez vos photos originales de plantes et gagnez des légumes frais !

    Soumettez vos contributions par courriel à Hector Galvez ( au plus tard au midi du jeudi 11 mai, 2017. Rappelez-vous : la plante doit être le personnage principal de la photo.

    Toutes les photos seront affichées au site du département de sciences végétales. Un sondage pour voter pour la meilleure photo sera disponible au grand public à partir de 14 h le jeudi 11 mai, jusqu’au 17 mai à midi. Les gagnants de l’enquête seront annoncés le 18 mai dans le cadre du « Fascination of Plants Day ». Les prix sont les suivants :

    Première place :
    Un grand panier de légumes au Marché Mac*
    Deuxième place :
    Un petit panier de légumes au Marché Mac*
    Troisième place :
    Deux paquets de graines de votre choix.

    * Chèque cadeau valide pour la saison 2017
    Pour plus d’informations :

    Funny, pretty, weird, small or large… Plants are fascinating! Show off your original photos of plants and win some fresh vegetables! Submit your contributions by email to Hector Galvez ( before noon on Thursday May 11th, 2017. Remember: the plant needs to be the main character in the photo.
    All photos will be posted on the Plant Science website. A survey to vote for the best photo will be open to the general public starting at 14:00h on Thursday May 11, and ending on Wednesday May 17 at noon. The winners of the survey will be announced on May 18th as part of the 2017 Fascination of Plants Day. The prizes are the following:

    First prize:
    A large basket of vegetables from the Mac Market*
    Second prize:
    Small basket of vegetables from the Mac Market*
    Third prize:
    Two seed packets of your choice.

    * Gift certificate redeemable during the 2017 season
    For more information:
    competition competition
    contest photo contest
    - Thursday May 11, to Wednesday May 17 at noon.
    - McGill University, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue
    Target audience: everybody, children 8 - 10, learners 10 - 14, students, professionals
    Organizer: Hector Galvez
    Martina Stromvik,

The Riverwood Conservancy
Mississauga, Ontario

  • -- Guided Tour - Fascination of Plants Day Walk
    This guided tour is offered by Dr. Nina Barabas, TRC's resident plant biologist, herbalist, and co-author of "Wildflowers of Riverwood: Field guide to wildflowers of Mississauga’s urban oasis and the Greater Toronto Area". Nina will lead a walk and talk session touching on biodiversity, the traditional uses of plants, and environmental conservation. The participants are encouraged to bring their curiosity and photo cameras, and be awed by nature.
    - guided tour
    - 20 May 2017, from 9:30 to 11:00 am
    - Meet at the Main Parking Lot at Riverwood, 4300 Riverwood Park Lane, Mississauga, Ontario, L5C 2S7, Canada
    Target audience: everybody
    Organizer: Dr. Nina Barabas & Brian Packham Office Manager, . .