|The temperate plant conservation program of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development conducts scientific research on native plant populations and communities in the Midwestern United States and helps to preserve rare and threatened plant species and their habitats. Program staff use a variety of methodologies to conserve native plants, including seed banking (ex situ or off-site conservation), demographic and population monitoring, seed germination research, experimental life-history studies, rare plant reintroductions, and habitat restoration.
The temperate plant conservation program maintains an ex situ collection of 29 rare species that are part of the National Collection
of Endangered Species. In addition, we propagate these selected species for research
purposes and educational display.
As one of the world’s preeminent botanical institutions, the Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) is ideally positioned to conduct scientific research, provide unique educational experiences, and engender public support for plant conservation issues. The temperate plant conservation program forms collaborative partnerships and works with governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and local community members to conserve, manage, and restore our native flora.