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The BGANZ BOTANIC GARDENer magazine is produced three times a year and it is distributed to members as close as possible to the start of March, July and November. Contributions are welcome from every sector of the botanic garden profession and the editorial team provides the following as guidance:


Section Length of articles




Approx. 2000 – 3000 words




Approx. 200 – 400 words




Approx. 800 – 2000 words




Approx. 400 – 800 words




Approx. 2000 – 3000 words




Approx. 200 – 400 words


Electronic File Format


MS Word or rich text format (rtf). If you prefer you may leave any formatting to the graphic designer or use the style below.

Heading 1          Calibri (Headings) 22

Authors name                     Calibri 14

Heading 2                     Calibri (Headings) 16

Heading 3                            Calibri (Headings) 14



Electronic images need to be attached as a separate file (not embedded in the text). Please supply the highest resolution possible. Ideally as jpg files and between 1-3 MB size.

If you would like your images to go with a certain block of text please indicate, otherwise they will be inserted where they fit best.

Each image should have an explanatory caption in 10pt, which includes the photo credit. Any copyright issues are considered to be the responsibility of the contributor. The caption should make sense without the need to read the accompanying text.

Text for captions should be provided at the end of the text document, and be clearly linked to the attached image.


Style manual for THE BOTANIC GARDENer





  • There is minimal use of commas and capitalisation.
  • Lower case is preferred mid-sentence and capitalisation will only be used for proper names.
  • One space after each sentence.
  • Single ‘quotation marks’ are preferred.
  • Paragraphs should be separated by a blank line, and not indented.
  • All proper names should be capitalised. Abbreviations with capitals can be used thereafter provided clear explanation is given n the first instance eg Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG)

Garden names


  • Please make sure you consistently use the correct proper name for your garden/s.
  • Once the full name of the garden/s is used, after that the word garden/s is consistently used within sentences in lower case.  
  • Lists are presented with bullets as used here.

Plant Names


  • When giving both common and botanical names, use the common name of a plant first followed by the botanical name in italics with no brackets, no hyphens eg River Red Gum Eucalyptus camaldulensis.
  • Scientific names to be in italics.
  • When referring to the common name of a single species use capitals eg Tree Dahlia but when referring to many species, the common name of a genus will be in lower case eg dahlias.
  • Family names should be capitalised eg Proteaceae



Ideally should be supplied as jpg files or EPS (Illustrator 8 preferred).




Please keep referencing to a minimum unless your references lead to more relevant information. All items in the reference list must be readily available. Please do not cite unpublished reports or conference proceedings unless necessary.


Submissions are ideally received about six weeks before publication of each issue. Please send your submissions to Eamonn Flanagan, Executive Officer BGANZ at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the first instance or contact Janelle Hatherly, Managing Editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any queries or suggestions for feature interviews or feature gardens.


The Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand Inc (BGANZ) is the chief body representing the interests of botanic gardens in Australia and New Zealand.

BGANZ promotes the interests and activities of Australian and New Zealand botanic gardens and botanic gardens generally and enhances the state of botanic gardens for the benefit of the community.