University of Warsaw Botanic Garden
The University of Warsaw Botanic Garden, established in 1818, unites research, public education and management of plant, herbaria and botanical illustration collections. All of these resources offer great experiences and opportunities for engaging the public with plants and facilitates understanding of the complex connections between plants and people. The greenhouses, with their collection of tropical and subtropical edible plants, together with the collection of medicinal and edible plants from the northern hemisphere, are extraordinary places that offer the public direct contact with edible plants as well as engaging them with both local and global issues on food security. Their mission for the BigPicnic project is to raise awareness about food security amongst citizens, inviting people to share knowledge about food and the method and consequences of its production, to experience the pleasure of ethical food and to participate in local change. Their target audiences will be middle class people who have a preference for upmarket food, local farmers and their families, current garden visitors, seniors, citizens, and university students.