The two-day event, which runs from 4-5 November in Nottingham, will consider how gardeners manage and assess their collections for legal compliance, relevance and potential to contribute to wider conservation efforts.
Plant collectors and collections owners are increasingly subject to legislation - including the Invasive Species Directive, the Nagoya Protocol and the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation - all of which aim to support conservation efforts.
For example the Nagoya Protocol, introduced in October 2014, aims to ensure that both collector and source country share in any benefits that arise from the collection of genetic material, including plants, and that the benefits should include conservation.
Experts will be on hand at the event to unpick the legislation and how it could affect the UK's garden collections.
A workshop session will also offer help to those who have not yet put together an up-to-date Plant Collection policy.
Places are also still open at PlantNetwork's seed collections training course at Wakehurst Place on 22 October. Plant hunters and staff from Kew, the Millennium Seed Bank and the Heritage Seed Library will speak on the basic principles of seed collection and storage and demonstrate techniques for collection, cleaning and drying seeds. See plantnetwork.org for more information.