Southeastern Center for Conservation
As a venue for coordination and collaboration, the Center enables partner institutions to expand and better carry out their work. Through conservation of imperiled species and habitats in the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, the Center protects the natural heritage of one of North America’s most biodiverse regions.
This launch is the first step in a multi-year expansion of the Garden’s conservation research and education. In 2016, the Garden hosted the regional Southeastern Partners in Plant Conservation meeting, as well as introduced the Center’s Orchid Conservation Institute, a venue for training both professionals and students. The Garden, in its current capital campaign, is raising funds to expand its laboratories and facilities for research, training, and propagating rare plants, which are scheduled to open in 2017.
Watch how our hands on work has helped save one of Florida's rarest and most flamboyant orchids.
The heart of the plant conservation program at the Garden is the Conservation Support Greenhouse. Since 1989, endangered plants have been propagated and nurtured for numerous recovery projects. Learn about the Cigar Orchid Restoration Project, Monkey Face Orchids, and Plants of New Caledonia.
The primary focus of the Garden's Conservation Program is the monitoring, restoration and conservation of unique, species-rich bog communities. Since its inception, the program has expanded to include work with 124 native plant species (22 are federally protected) throughout the Coastal Plain and southern Appalachian Mountains of the southeastern United States. Learn about Habitat and Wetland Restoration, Torreya, and Conserving the Pollinators.
The Garden is actively involved in Global Conservation. The key to the Garden's Conservation Program is using low-cost restoration and recovery techniques, and also working directly with local and global landowners, relevant agencies, and botanical institutions and organizations. The success of the program is based on the high level of horticultural and botanical expertise of its staff members, their dedication to each project and their ability to work on a variety of different levels - local, national or international. Learn about Amborella trichopoda and Endangered Cycad.
The International Plant Exploration Program
The Atlanta Botanical Garden established the International Plant Exploration Program in 2016 with the intention of constructing a plant evaluation nursery, seed collecting trips to Southeast Asia, and the launching of a visiting scholar program. The program is managed by Scott McMahan, a Georgia native, former owner of GardenHood, and long-term collaborator of the Garden who has made more than 20 seed collecting trips to Southeast Asia with support from the Garden.
The Garden has an active amphibian conservation program with live displays in the Fuqua Conservatory. The mission of the program is to promote the conservation of amphibians through education, research and in situ conservation. Learn about the frogPod, Amphibians on Display, the Gopher Frog Head Start Program, Amphibian Research and more.
As a charter member of the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance (GPCA), an umbrella organization dedicated to harnessing horticultural advances in the name of conservation, the Garden has been instrumental in developing many of the horticultural techniques for rare plant propagation and restoration that have been applied in GPCA field projects.
In addition to the GPCA, the Garden is currently cooperating with the following conservation organizations to preserve and restore threatened plant communities in the Southeast:
The Garden is actively involved in local and global conservation research. The Garden's International Intern Program facilitates the exchange of ideas, expertise and plant collections between botanical gardens and institutions around the world. As part of its ongoing collaboration with The Maquipucuna Foundation, the Garden also hosts interns from Ecuador who come here for three months to learn horticulture skills to take back home.