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Plant Conservation

Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens is one of the 38 leading botanical gardens and arboretums in the United States that maintains the National Collection of Endangered Plants for the Center of Plant Conservation (CPC).

Over three fourths of the endangered plants in the United States occur in the highly diverse ecosystems of Texas, California, Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Mercer shelters over 24 rare plants and several of the plants are on display in the Endangered Species Garden.

To learn more about endangered plant species, stop by Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens and ask the staff about these rare plants, and view them up-close in the Endangered Species Garden.

Founded in 1984, the CPC celebrated 25 years of plant conservation and preservation in 2009. Click the link below, "Restoring America's Vanishing Flora," to watch their anniversary video.

Restoring America's Vanishing Flora

The Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) Project is a global plant conservation effort developed by the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, United Kingdom. The MSB Project coordinates work by more than 30 organizations in 20 countries worldwide. Mercer Arboretum partners with the MSB Project by hosting volunteer training sessions for east Texas collections. To learn more about the MSB Project and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's involvement as well as view some of Mercer's volunteers in action, please click on the link below to watch an informative video.

Millennium Seed Bank Project Video