Chicago Botanic Garden’s new Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center opens!
As part of an extensive effort to expand awareness of plant conservation issues and the critical need to address them, the Chicago Botanic Garden’s new Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center includes opportunities for visitors to learn more about the essential roles plants play in everyday life, and why saving plants is essential for saving the planet.
Eight interpretive stations, each linked to a research laboratory or tool, will provide suggestions on changes individual people can make that will have a positive impact on protecting plants and the natural world.
Suggestions in the 'Taking Action' panels include the following:
- Learn which plants are invasive; remove all that are; avoid planting any new ones.
- Encourage pollinators by gardening with plants that produce nectar and pollen, and provide food for larvae.
- Protect pollinators by limiting pesticide use.
- Encourage healthy and diverse habitats by planting native perennials, an array of flower colours, and plants that bloom in a range of seasons.
- Grow plants in clusters to provide pollinators with nectar and pollen oases.
- Garden with local, native seeds, and bank your seeds for future plantings.
- Encourage conservation to protect habitats and plants before they become endangered or extinct.
- Encourage the use of a wider range of plants.
- Learn more about the plant products you use, such as where and how they were grown.
- Add locally grown produce to your dinner table.
- Buy plant products such as foods, woods, and fibers that are grown in a way that doesn’t harm ecosystem health.
- Learn more about community gardeningand urban agriculture.
- Get involved with tracking endangered plants or collecting seeds.
- Protect plant genetic diversity by conserving the wild place we have, and restore others to health.
- Follow directions on fertilizers carefully to avoid adding too much nitrogen and other elements to soil.
- Choose gardening and lawn-care options, such as companion planting and natural pest management, that work with natural processes.
- Support tighter emission standards for cars and factories; let your elected officials know you support legislation to reduce carbon emissions.
- Become a volunteer steward in the restoration of local natural areas.
- Advocate for the preservation and creation of more habitat as refuges and corridors where plants facing climate change can migrate.
...remove invasive species...
...grow your own vegetables!
All images Chicago Botanic Garden photos by Robin Carlson