DEPARTURE: The bus for this tour will depart promptly at 7:30 a.m. outside the main hotel entrance.
This study tour focuses on collections development, tropical horticulture, and how our plant collections can be used to advance science, horticulture, and conservation. Join leading researchers at Montgomery Botanical Center and the USDA-ARS Subtropical Horticultural Research Station to explore prime examples of how well managed plant collections at two leading botanical sites are increasingly relevant.
Montgomery Botanical Center
Montgomery Botanical Center holds Nationally Accredited Plant Collections ™ of palms and cycads, both under continuous and robust development. Learn about strategies, documentation, and management protocols to maximize value to ex situ conservation while walking through these collections.
USDA-ARS Subtropical Horticulture Research Station
The USDA-ARS Subtropical Horticulture Research Station located on historic Chapman Field serves as a federal germplasm repository, studying the genetics of tropical and subtropical fruit and ornamental crops. Started as a plant introduction by David Fairchild over a century ago, it has amassed clones useful for breeding and land races of diverse crops ranging from cacao, mango, and sugarcane to crepe myrtle.