February 2024

Stratification of seeds for the macro-gardens

This week, we are stratifying the Abies seeds for the 21 macro-gardens. Seeds will be shipped to participating institutes in mid April.

January 2024

21 research institutes will establish macro-gardens

Parallel to micro-gardens, we initiated a network of common gardens – called macro-gardens – established using nurseries. 21 research institutes and nurseries across Europe joined this initiative. They will receive stratified seeds in April. We are looking forward to collaborating with all of you!

January 2024

The germination trials in our climate chambers have been completed!

Back in August 2023 we set up the third and last cycle of germination trials in the climate chambers of WSL. Because of their limited size and the vast variety of our seeds provenances and families, we had to split the trials in 3 cycles. In each cycle, we tested germination under different temperature and humidity conditions, and different stratification lengths.

December 2023

Finally ready to ship the seeds and material to all over Europe!

After many months of preparation and hard work, we are ready to ship the seeds and the material to our participants! 

November 2023

Preparing the parcels for our participants

Our parcels' recipies: a precise combination of provenances and families based on seeds origins and participants' location, labels to identify all seeds, detailed protocols in the language of the country of destination, tools to facilitate the garden's  installation and a special treat. 

October 2023

Counting, counting, counting...

Each one of our participant will receive 100 bags containing 20 seeds of either Fagus spp. or Abies spp. To count the seeds, we are using the Seed Counter Elmor C1, produced by the Swiss family company Elmor. The semi-automatic counter is a great and precise help, but still requires hundreds of hours of work from our team!

July 2023

We set up a second cycle of germination trials in the climate chambers

We are testing all the seeds collected during our 2022 campaign in the climate chambers of WSL! Before sending the seeds to the participants, we want to test their germination rate under different temperature and humidity conditions, and  different stratification lengths. We have  18 provenances of Abies spp and 14 of Fagus spp (with hundreds of families each) and only two climate chambers: the second cycle has just started!

April 2023

10'000 seed protectors sent to our first 100 registered participants!

We started early to ship the seed protectors to our participants. 100 participants located in Romania, Croatia, France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Hungary and Italy already received the seed protectores for the micro-gardens to be installed as part of the Trials 2023-2028. Production and shipping will resume in September 2023 after the summer break!

March 2023

A visit to the LTM group, the company custom-making our seed protectors!

We went to pick up the first batch of seed protectors from our producer in Zero Branco (TV), Italy: LTM group. The LTM team took the opportunity to show us the machines they use to produce the seed protectors: a simple design, but not such a simple production process! Thank you LTM for the warm welcome, the tour of the factory and the great product.

September 2022

While the silver fir collection is almost completed, the beech season just started

In most regions, silver fir cones mature before beechnuts and should be collected first. Hundreds of kg have been collected in Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, Romania, Slovakia, France, Germany, Czech Republic, North Macedonia and Montenegro. Now the teams are focusing on beech and different strategies are being used for collection.

September 2022

Croatian forests are joining the 2023-2028 trials

Participants are joining us across Europe. Among them, some big institutions: we just signed a cooperation agreement with Hrvatske šume d.o.o., the company that manages most of the forests in Croatia. Hrvatske šume d.o.o is concerned for the threat of climate change and is willing to take an active role for the protection of forests. We look forward to this collaboration!

August 2022

The seed collection campaign has started!

At the end of August 2022, the collection of cones of Abies alba has started in Switzerland, canton Wallis. Many other sites followed in Italy, Slovenia, France, Romania etc. Enjoy the pictures from the field campaign in our Facebook page.

July 2022

WSL Media Release on MyGardenOfTrees

WSL has just published an article featuring MyGardenOfTrees! If you want to read a short text on why we are doing this, where we are at, and what are we planning for the future, check it out here. The article is available in English, German, French and Italian! 

July 2022

First participants of the 2023-2028 trials!

The call for registration has opened at the end of June and we already have enthusiastic foresters and institutions joining us from France, Croatia, Poland and Italy. Join us from your country and register to become a participant! 

July 2022

Getting ready for the seed collection campaign

MyGardenOfTrees hired experienced tree climbers that will help us collecting seeds this autumn. Valeska Holenstein, our tree climber from Switzerland, has already started training the rest of the team!

April 2022

We are recruiting local coordinators

We are looking for local coordinators, living in Spain, Scandinavian countries and

Greece/Bulgaria/Albania, to join our European team!

Have a look at our offer

April 2022

The team is expanding

Nancy, Marta, Bernadett and Marjorie recently joined the team of the MyGardenOfTrees project as local coordinators. Check out the team page to discover the countries they are responsible for.

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.

April 2022

25 micro-gardens were installed during winter 2021–2022

Thank you to the 25 participants of the 2021–2023 trials for their engagement in the project!

March 2022

First MSc thesis completed from MyGardenOfTrees

Congratulations to Johannes Alt for completing his MSc thesis! We wish you enjoyment and success with 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 2021–2023 trials received.

January 2022

Parcels are on their way

We are dispatching parcels to our participants all over Europe! Each shipment consists of two parcels with:

January 2022

We set up the first micro-garden at WSL

We set up the first micro-garden here at WSL to be able to test and improve the protocol before we send it out to our participants. Despite the snow and cold, we installed it in just a few hours. Not doing it alone (when possible) is the key!

December 2021

Getting the materiel ready

The whole team is working to collect, organize and pack the seeds and the material that will be used by our participants in the 2021–2026 trials.

25 micro-gardens means 2,500 seed protectors, 2,500 labels, 7,500 stakes, 25,000 seeds...!

October 2021

We are launching the 2021–2023 trials

September 2021

Seed jam at WSL

Seeds are coming from all over Europe (and beyond) and filling up our cold room. So far we have provenances from Italy, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland, Germany, and France. We are expecting more soon!

The photo shows the boxes containing our precious seeds stored in the cold room at WSL.

July 2021


The seeds are starting to germinate in the micro-gardens of our participants.

The photo shows silver fir seeds germinating in the garden of our participants in Scotland.

June 2021

Setting up the trials

Our participants have received their tool kits with planting material and seeds, and they are setting up the trials in their forests. 

Photo from CREA Mont Blanc, Chamonix, France.

June 2021

Ready to send!

The tool kits required to set up the trials are ready to be dispatched to our very first participants in five countries: Italy, Scotland, France, Bulgaria, and Hungary.

25 May 2021

Start of the project

We are designing and testing the first version of the protocol that will be used to set up the micro-gardens. To do so, we have established four gardens in the forest next to WSL and tested the effects of rodent exclusion cages (shown in the photo) and weed competition.