The network of the Polish botanic gardens is called “The Council of Botanical Gardens in Poland” and it was established in 1972 as the commission within the structure of the Polish Botanical Society, later as the commission of the Botany Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Since 2011 the Council of Botanical Gardens in Poland is an independent federation of member institutions having activity as botanic gardens according to special regulation. Nowadays there are 42 members of the council – 21 botanical gardens, 17 arboretums, 4 gardens of medicinal plants.
Aims of the network:
initiating and undertaking joint research programs related to the activities of individual gardens and in particular the protection of 'ex-situ' endangered species of plants in Poland and worldwide, and planning joint development strategy;
acting on behalf of the polish botanical gardens and gardens of a special kind into government administrative bodies, on matters related to their functioning and development;
representation of Polish botanical gardens in international organizations related to their activities, in particular in the International Association of Botanic Gardens (IABG) and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI);
preparation of joint educational, didactic and popularize programs;
organizing conventions, conferences and scientific sessions refering to the activities of botanical gardens;
taking interventions to defend the interests of the Botanical Gardens and a special type of gardens;
initiating publications relating to botanical gardens and a special kind of gardens, their joint development and publishing;
providing consultation and feedback about the methodology of keeping the collection and display of plants in gardens, as well as in matters related to the development of new botanical gardens and a special kind of gardens, including the design and establishment, as well as the development programs of activities and transfer of plant material;
initiating cooperation with botanical gardens abroad and other organizations of gardens in different countries and supranational regions, as well as with international organizations and agencies responsible for the protection of biodiversity in the world of plants.