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/

In June 2021, at the American Public Garden Association annual conference, Botanical Software and the Candide Group launched the Next Generation Plant Record system Hortis.

Hortis, by Candide

Candide Gardening

In April 2020, Botanical Software became a part of the Candide group. 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

United Kingdom

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

The Netherlands

Botanical Software B.V.
Koepoortstraat 40
6981 AT Doesburg

☎ +31 683 644540
KvK No: 74864882

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Member of

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

Meet 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 | orcid.org/0000-0003-3486-5654

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. He is also a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London.

waheed@botanicalsoftware.com | orcid.org/0000-0002-9413-2279

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.


Jean-Paul Gorman

Jean-Paul Gorman

Our Tech Lead Jean-Paul has a BSc degree in Environmental Science from Southampton Solent University and has 15+ years’ experience working on web and mobile development projects.


William Heslam

Our Senior Engineer William enjoys public speaking, functional programming and tending to an ever-growing bunch of plants balanced on his window sill. His first program was a grass simulation.


Miles Crighton

Our Software Engineer Miles acquired a BEng in Electronic Engineering from the University of Reading. He more recently found a love for web development. Alongside building apps & software that aim to delight, Miles enjoys getting his hands dirty in the garden; digging out flower beds and planting veggies.


Anthony Murphy

Our Software Engineer Anthony has a Master’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Bristol. He loves working on full stack web development, which he has been doing since graduating in 2017. When not at work, Anthony enjoys exploring the outdoors, in particular climbing in the Peak District.


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.


Jose Simas

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


Myrna Ostgaard

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