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Tennessee Plant Conservation Allianc

Botanic gardens are not just beautiful places to visit, but also serve an important role in the conservation of plant diversity. One of the significant ways that botanic gardens engage with conservation is by safeguarding rare and threatened species.
 
  For example, we have been growing Echicnacea tenneseensis, a species endemic to central TN, as well as Helianthus verticillatus, beautiful sunflower listed as endangered due to its limited habitats in Georgia. By growing these plants, we protect their genetics so that they may someday be secure in their natural habitats


We at the Memphis Botanic Garden are excited to share that we have joined a statewide initiative that shares this mission to protect our native plant diversity, the Tennessee Plant Conservation Alliance (TNPCA)!


Through the TNPCA, we will collaborate with plant-lovers across the state to target rare species and restore them to the wild. Currently, we are working on determining the species we will initially target, and will have more updates soon (keep an eye on the MBG Facebook page).

If you’re interested in supporting the TNPCA’s efforts in our region, please reach out to MBG Horticulturalist, Carson Ellis at carson.ellis@memphisbotanicgarden.com.

By Carson Ellis, Butterfly Garden Curator

Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden News at 12:50 PM

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