News 2018-09-20T21:54:13+00:00

March 2020 News

March 11th, 2020|

Today we have the pleasure of sharing good news about the rediscovery of plants once thought to be extinct and the great work our Participating Institutions are doing to recover the species in the wild.  Learn how new technology is helping us explore hard to access locations, the heroic efforts required in the laboratory, and great restoration results.

How native is that native?

March 2nd, 2020|

Reports on butterfly decline have spurred gardeners across the country into action, eager to help the butterfly by making up for lost habitat and planting caterpillar food – milkweed – in their gardens. Unfortunately, many were planting tropical milkweed, which were actually leading to parasitic infections in adult butterflies. Read more about the plants you should plant.

February 2020 News

February 3rd, 2020|

Explore this issue of Save Plants to understand how urban connections to nature are being formed in South Florida, and how your home garden may become part of a solution – especially if you understand the nuances of what it means for a plant to be native.

Interview with Polly Pierce, Original Board Member, CPC

February 2nd, 2020|

This month's Conservation Champion, Polly Pierce, was part of the circle of people instrumental in ensuring the early success of the Center for Plant Conservation and dedicated many years to serving on the CPC board. Today, Polly continues to support CPC with her generosity and wisdom.

Interview with Daniel Gluesenkamp, Ph.D., Executive Director, California Native Plant Society

January 10th, 2020|

If you have a chance to be in Dan Gluesenkamp’s orbit, you will experience someone with a stunning passion for plants. A brilliant orator, he has the ability to paint a vibrant picture of his conservation dreams. Perhaps even more important, he will leave you with a great sense of hope.

Interview with Joyce Maschinski, Ph.D., President and CEO, Center for Plant Conservation

November 6th, 2019|

This month we take the opportunity to more thoroughly introduce our readers to the CPC’s new President and CEO, Dr. Joyce Maschinski. We at CPC look forward to Joyce’s leadership as we march forward to save plants.

Interview with Naomi Fraga, Ph.D., Director of Conservation Programs, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

October 2nd, 2019|

A few years ago, Naomi Fraga became Director of Conservation Programs at RSABG, tasked with formally bringing together their well established and diverse plant conservation projects under one umbrella. Having built her career to help conserve the plants she loves, she has thrived in the role, building upon the garden’s rich history of conservation work.

New Research: Metacollections

September 4th, 2019|

Toward the Metacollection: Announcing IMLS-funded Research Findings Related to Plant Collection Diversity Patrick Griffith from Montgomery Botanical Center spearheaded a multi-institution initiative funded through the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to make recommendations about how botanical gardens can work together to conserve plant genetic diversity in plant metacollections. Defined as a collection of a plant species [...]

Interview with Michael Way, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

September 3rd, 2019|

As the Conservation Partnership Coordinator for the Americas, Michael Way is the representative from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, that the majority of CPC institutions are most familiar with. He has collaborated with and supported many of the Participating Institutions’ seed banks for decades, and continues to support seed banking across Canada, the USA, Mexico, and Chile today.

Interview with Jennifer Possley

August 5th, 2019|

Working in the subtropics at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden means that Jennifer Possley has given plenty of blood and sweat to save rare plants. Her multiple talents as an observant naturalist, GIS specialist, careful scientist, brilliant photographer, not to mention her congenial personality, have made her an invaluable leader helping to preserve endangered plants.

Mrs. Meyers tours Chicago in support of Center for Plant Conservation

June 26th, 2019|

Our friends at Mrs. Meyers Clean Day are deep into their Rooted in Goodness Spring Tour and donating to CPC along the way. They are hitting the road visiting community events and festivals to spread a little goodness across the U.S. To celebrate their tour in Texas we are sharing some of the good works of our Texas based Participating Institutions. Check out some of the great conservation going on in the Lone Star State.