Wetlands & Pitcher Plants
Wetlands are wet habitats that have moist, saturated soils and water tolerant plants. There are many types of wetlands throughout the world including swamps, bogs, marshes and peat lands. In fact, 13% of Georgia’s land area is considered a wetland. Wetlands often exist in holes in the landscape or along the edges of streams, rivers, lakes or oceans.
This important habitat serves a vital role in the overall health of our planet. Wetlands help regulate water levels, improve water quality by filtering out pollutants, reduce flood and storm damage and provide important habitats for fish and wildlife.
The Conservation Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden is a representation of various southeastern wetland habitats. This garden features carnivorous or meat-eating plants, native orchids and grasses and various types of native wetland plants. Depending on the time of year, you may see blooming pitcher plants, Venus flytraps or bright orange orchids. Many of the plants featured in the Conservation Garden are part of the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Conservation & Research Program that monitors, restores and conserves the unique and species-rich bog communities found throughout the Coastal Plain and southern Appalachian Mountains of the southeastern United States.
Many carnivorous plants live in wetland habitats. The wetland soil where they grow often lacks nutrients because the water leeches out many of available nutrients. As a result, carnivorous plants gain the extra nutrients they need to grow from insects. Many carnivorous plants, such as Venus flytraps, pitcher plants, butterworts, sundews, and bladderworts are found in bogs in the southeast.
Southern Center for Conservation
Scheduled to open in June 2019, the Southeastern Center for Conservation enables the Garden to lead innovative strategies and partnerships to conserve imperiled plants and natural communities in the southeastern United States, Caribbean and Ecuador.
Have you ever encountered a Venus Flytrap in real life? Examine incredibly fascinating species of carnivorous plants, orchids and other native plants at the heart of the Garden’s conservation program.
Bring your students to the Garden to experience first hand one of the most diverse plant collections in the country. Each school tour focuses on specific areas of interest and is paired with curriculum guidelines.