Sonja Deneve

Joined: Apr 01, 2020 Last Active: Feb 06, 2023 iNaturalist

Ever since my childhood, I have been fascinated by nature, both flora and fauna. As a Nature guide and Botanic Garden Guide I enjoy sharing my wildlife enthusiasm when guiding school classes or adults. I have a small private salicetum. I inspired and participated in the creation in 2019 of a Salicetum in the city of Mechelen (Vrijbroekpark, 'De Wilgernis') with some 100 different Salix taxa from all over the world. In 2019, I organised, at Meise Botanic Garden, the first International Salicaceae Symposium since 1991. My ongoing project is the safeguarding of a plot of land that was (illegally) used as a dump, on which different Salix-taxa have been growing for several decades, one of the oldest ones being Salix euxina, a rather rare species in the North of Belgium. Arboreta and Botanic Gardens are my favorite (vacation) destinations:
Arboretum Wespelaar (Belgium);
Meise Botanic Garden (Belgium);
Kruidtuin Leuven (Belgium);
Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Hortus Botanicus Leiden (The Netherlands);
Botanical Garden of the Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno (Tsjechoslavakia);
Botanische Gärten der Universität Bonn, Bonn (Germany);
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew-London (U.K.);
Giardino dei Semplici, Florence (Italy);
Botanical Gardens Graz, Graz (Austria);
Botaniska trädgården Uppsala (Sweden);
Linnéträdgården, Uppsala (Sweden);
Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden, Helsinki, (Finland):
Kumpula Botanic Garden, Helsinki (Finland);
Tsitsin Main Moscow Botanical Garden, Moscow (Russia);
Botanic Garden of Saint Petersburg State Forestry University, St. Petersburg, (Russia);
Botanische Tuin Kerkrade, Nederland;
Botanical Garden Nairobi (Kenya);
Kirstenbosch National Botanic Garden, Cape Town, (SA);
Botanical Garden, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, (SA);
National Botanical Garden of Namibia, Windhoek (Namibia).

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