Our vision is to provide professional tools for botanical institutions and private collection holders to keep track of their botanical collection in a cost effective, predictive and hassle-free way. We believe technology should be reliable, feel effortless and provide new opportunities, and above all make it easier for botanical collection holders to reach their goals in the important work they do. The concerns and needs of the community are the driving force and inspiration for all the work we do.

Botanical Software Ltd. was established in 2007 as one of three companies working on the IrisBG Software Package. In addition to being involved in the development of the software with the focus on mobile solutions, Botanical Software also had the sole responsibility for marketing the product and building up the community. Starting with 6 institutions in 2007, we grew to a thriving community of 170 institutions on four continents by the end of 2019.

To be in a better position to deal with the challenges ahead, it was decided in December 2019 to discontinue the IrisBG collaboration between Botanical Software Ltd, Compositae AS and Digital Forvaltning AS. As a consequence, all the products and services of Botanical Software formerly promoted under the name “IrisBG” were rebranded with the new name “Floria”. For more details about the changes, please read https://botanicalsoftware.com/2019/12/collaborate-innovate-and-adapt/

United Kingdom

Botanical Software Ltd
40 Queen Square
Bristol
BS1 4QP
United Kingdom
☎ +44 1761 479350
UK: 6357322

The Netherlands

Botanical Software B.V.
Koepoortstraat 40
6981 AT Doesburg
Netherlands

☎ +31 683 644540
KvK No: 74864882

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Member of

Member of American Public Garden Association
Member of PlantNetwork of Britain and Ireland
Member of BGANZ
Member of BGCI

The Team

Havard Ostgaard

Havard is the CEO of Botanical Software, with a degree in Computer Science from the University of Oslo and University of York (UK). In addition to being a keen gardener, he has more than 30 years experience working with software design and development and, for about half of that time, has focused on trying to make life easier for botanic gardens around the world. Fluent in English and Norwegian, he is now working on improving his Dutch.

havard@botanicalsoftware.com

Dr Waheed Arshad

Dr Waheed Arshad

Our Botanical Scientist Waheed completed his PhD at Royal Holloway University of London, in collaboration with the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. As well as a BSc (Hons) in Biology and an MSc in Plant Diversity and Evolution, Waheed has 10+ years of experience working in research with botanic gardens across the UK and Central Europe.

waheed@botanicalsoftware.com

Emily Shepherd

Emily Shepherd

Our Tech Lead Emily has a Master of Engineering (Hons) degree in Computer Science from University of Southampton and 10+ years of experience in software design and development.

emily@botanicalsoftware.com

Dave Twomey

Dave Twomey

Our Product Designer Dave has a Master of Arts degree from University of Bristol and 6+ years of experience working on graphic, digital and UX software design.

david@botanicalsoftware.com

Margherita Tinti

Our Community Manager Margherita has a Masters degree in Social and Economic Sciences, specializing in systemic coaching. Prior to joining Botanical Software in 2016, she worked with the United Nations and international NGO’s. Margherita is fluent in Spanish, German, French, Dutch and English.

margherita@botanicalsoftware.com

Jose Simas

Our App Developer Jose, who is also responsible for Technical Support, studied electronics and photography before he started working as a software developer in 1997. He is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish, French, and Russian.

jose@botanicalsoftware.com

Myrna Ostgaard

Myrna edits English, translates and does administrative work. She has a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Utrecht.

Candide Gardening

Botanical Software is part of the Candide group, helping horticulturists and botanic institutions thrive. Candide is a buzzing hub of inspiration, knowledge and plants for gardeners and plant enthusiasts. Whether it’s trees, houseplants, veg, or borders brimming with perennials that ignite your gardening passion or you just want to visit a garden for the day, Candide aims to be the most useful tool in a gardener’s pocket.

The Candide Team