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Conservation Garden

The Conservation Garden is a marsh-like bog environment that contains native plants, many of them found nowhere else in the natural world.

Bogs are among the most fascinating environments in the southeastern United States, and the rarest, most endangered of all of Georgia’s natural habitats. The Conservation Garden explores the diversity of these fragile ecosystems, from mountain valleys to coastal floodplains. Several species of orchids, milkweed and other native plants grow in this garden. The most dramatic inhabitants are perhaps the array of carnivorous plants: Sarracenia pitcher plants, sundews, and Venus fly traps all can be found here.

The Garden and its conservation partners are working to restore bog habitats throughout the Southeast. Here at the Garden, conservation horticulturists tend to more than 250 imperiled species, many of which are planted not only in the Conservation Garden, but also into restored habitats across the region.

Florida Torreya

For more than 20 years, the Garden has helped conserve this nearly-extinct conifer native to north Florida and southwestern Georgia, including propagation at the Garden's greenhouses in Gainesville. You might catch a glimpse of one at the waterfall behind the Conservation Garden.
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White Fringeless Orchid

Protecting and reestablishing this rare orchid has been part of the Garden's conservation work for years. See it yourself in the Conservation Garden.
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Chapman’s Fringed Orchid

One of the world’s rarest orchids, Platanthera chapmanii, is collected and propagated in the Garden’s Tissue Culture Lab for safeguarding and outplanting.
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Pink Butterwort

This sly carnivorous plant in the Conservation Garden attracts, traps and consumes flies with sticky leaves.
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White Pitcher Plant

Take a closer look at these fascinating carnivorous plants in the Conservation Garden near the Skyline Garden on the eastern side of the Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory.
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Conservation & Research

The Southeastern Center for Conservation is a keystone of the Garden. From plant research to education outreach, the center is a hub for partners in the conservation and research.

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Restoration & Monitoring

Restoring and monitoring imperiled plants and their fragile ecosystems threatened by human interference and natural forces.

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