A participatory science project for climate-resilient forests in Europe

What is MyGardenOfTrees?

MyGardenOfTrees is a participatory science project supported by the European Commission and led by a team of researchers from the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL. The aim of MyGardenOfTrees is to evaluate the growth and regeneration capacity of silver fir (Abies alba Mill.) and European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) through experimental gardens across Europe. Observations obtained from these gardens will be used to develop a prediction tool for foresters to help them build forests better adapted to climate change.

Would you like to join us as a participant?

Join us to be part of a scientific project and to build future forests resilient to climate change!

If you are a forest manager, a forest owner, or an interested citizen (e.g. biology teacher) with relevant authorization from the forest owner, you are welcome to join us! We will help you set up your micro-garden with seeds from various provenances, track the germination, development and growth of trees for 5 years or longer, and share your data with us.

Are you already a participant?

Your observations are valuable to us. Please let us know if you need help.

Thank you for your engagement with MyGardenOfTrees! We try to make the observations as intuitive and effortless as possible for you. Our team is constantly improving the protocols and the mobile app.

Would you like to have an overview of all the participants of the 2021-2026 trials ?

Would you like to explore the germination data of the 2021-2026 trials ?


April 2022

Germination in the field

The Iranian Oriental beech seeds and the Slovenian silver fir seeds are the "early birds" of the field trials! This finding is consistent with our observations in the climate chamber.

March 2022

First MSc thesis completed from MyGardenOfTrees

Congratulations to Johannes Alt for completing his MSc thesis! We wish you enjoyment and success in your future endeavours.

February 2022

Germination in the climate chamber

Two students from our team, Johannes Alt and Mert Celik, have been busy with a climate chamber experiment testing the seeds from various provenances that our participants of the 2021–2026 trials received.