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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.

Georgia Oak

The Georgia Oak (Quercus georgiana) is a small, rare deciduous red oak species endemic to isolated granite outcrops in the Piedmont Plateau of the southeastern United States.
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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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Georgia Aster

Over the past eight years, the Garden has collected seed and plant material for viability testing, genetic analysis and cryogenic storage in hopes to preserve this rare plant native to the southeastern United States. You might even find a living collection at the Gainesville Garden.
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Smooth Coneflower

This endangered prairie species found in only two Georgia counties is truly a Garden success story: Every year, populations have increased in monitored sites.
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Small Whorled Pogonia

This threatened species found throughout the eastern United States has been a project of the Garden since 2011. Today, the Garden continues to monitor the population numbers and health of these rare plants.
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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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Dancing Lady Orchid

You may notice this endangered plant in the Orchid Display House, but behind the scenes the Garden has led efforts to boost native populations in southeast Florida.
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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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