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Plant Conservation Day

pcd-low-resDid you know that May 18th is Plant Conservation Day? Likely not, as Plant Conservation Day (PCD for short) is a relatively new grassroots celebration of plants, started in 2001 by horticultural staff at zoos in the United States who wanted to make sure visitors knew that plants AND animals are important, interesting, and in many cases equally in need of conservation. Things have changed a lot since 2001, and PCD is now celebrated by zoos, botanic gardens, schools, garden clubs and individuals around the world (now including The Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, China, Australia, Mexico, the UK, and Venezuela). Continue Reading →

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The Call of the Prairie

[Note from Fran: We are delighted to have Andrea Kramer join us as a Guest Contributor on GGW. Andrea is Executive Director of the U.S. office of Botanic Gardens Conservation International based at Chicago Botanic Garden. Prior to taking up her current post with BGCI in January 2008, Andrea worked for 8 years in the conservation science department at CBG. Her work initially involved research on rare Midwestern prairie plants, and later projects led to collaborations between the Center for Plant Conservation and its many member botanic gardens throughout the United States.]

For over eight years now, I have been paid to come to one of the most beautiful places in the world on a daily basis. I get to spend my days thinking and talking about plants and am surrounded by people who are as excited by what plants bring to our planet as I am. Could life get any better?

The path that brought me to this incredible place and fulfilling role is as winding as any life path. I have only recently realized it, but plants have always been growing along and leading me down this path, as they are my source of inspiration, hope, and tranquility. I know that I am not alone in finding so much of my life connected to plants, but I do feel incredibly lucky that I have been able to craft a career that gives me the tools to give back to plants even a portion of what they give me. Continue Reading →

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