Conserving Biodiversity on a Rapidly Changing Planet and the Critical Role of Gardens
Event Type: 
Session
Track: 
Collecting & Conserving
Date / Time: 
Fri June, 10 - 8:00am to 9:30am
Location: 
Alhambra/Escorial
Presenter: 
T. Mirenda, Smithsonian Gardens, Washington, DC; J. Ceska, State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens, Georgia; K. Havens, Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago, Illinois; A. DeLong-Amaya, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, Texas; C. Radcliffe, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Georgia; C. Powell, San Diego Zoo, San Diego, California; J. Maschinski, Center for Plant Conservation, San Diego, California.

Earth has daunting climatic and socioeconomic challenges. Gardens wish to do their part in preserving biodiversity, but best practices are essential when working with and protecting wild populations. We will share inclusive and empowering information for conservation and possibilities for involvement! Through collaboration and mutual respect, experts from the Association’s Plant Conservation and Native Plant Sections will embolden gardens to engage in conservation efforts by sharing basic tenets of conservation, successful programs and partnerships, methods for tracking provenance, and protocols that weave biodiversity conservation goals into programs achievable for all native plant collections.