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Southeastern Center for Conservation

As a venue for coordination and collaboration, the Southeastern Center for Conservation enables the Garden's partner institutions to expand and better carry out their work. Through conservation of imperiled species and natural communities across the southeastern United States, Caribbean, and Ecuador, the center protects the natural heritage of one of North America’s most biodiverse regions.

Science and Research

The Southeastern Center for Conservation focuses on three core areas of study: habitat restoration research, biodiversity research, pollinator research and a conservation seed bank.

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Global Efforts

With conservation interests in Puerto Rico, Cuba and and Ecuador, the Garden is committed to positively affecting international plant populations through research, conservation, education and restoration.

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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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Outreach, Education and Training

In addition to vital conservation work, the Garden’s Conservation & Research team is dedicated to sharing its knowledge and training others, from industry experts to teachers and the public.

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Conservation Work


Through propagation at the Garden, this protected species of extremely rare aquatic grass has grown to support existing populations at two Georgia sites.
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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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