North America

North America is one of the top mega-diverse regions of the world that sustains more than two-thirds of Earth’s biodiversity.

From arctic and alpine regions, to desert and tropical regions, the vast plant diversity of North America is globally unique and irreplaceable. Threats to this diversity are growing as a result of climate change, habitat destruction, invasive species, and land conversion. Of the 20,000 plant taxa native to North America, roughly 1 in 5 are of conservation concern and threatened in the wild.

More than 1,000 botanic gardens throughout North America drive important conservation, education, horticulture, and research programs focused on native plants. Cutting edge plant conservation programs and methodologies are produced in this part of the world.

Related News from the Region

Amorphophallus titanum

Charismatic Megaflora at the United States Botanic Garden

While this titan arum may not be cuddly and plushie-ready like the panda, it has got the kind of charisma that gets people excited about the mysteries contained in botanical collections: live broadcasts of the monumental fetid blooms in action are like the Fat Bear Week of plant conservation.
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Selby Gardens regrets to announce the passing of first Executive Director

Dr. Calaway (Cal) Dodson, the first Executive Director of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens passed away on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at the age of 91.
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Mt. Cuba Center Voted Best Botanical Garden in North America!

Mt. Cuba Center, a public garden dedicated to native plants and ecological gardening, won the top spot in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for “Best Botanical Garden” in North America.
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BGCI-US, based at The Huntington Botanical Gardens in southern California, USA, works to connect gardens in North America to conservationists worldwide, and reflect BGCI’s mission to mobilize botanic gardens and secure plant diversity.

To guide North American progress toward the targets of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, BGCI-US coordinated the last update of the North American Botanic Garden Strategy for Plant Conservation in 2016. We are now working to track progress and inform North American botanic gardens on contributions toward targets.

BGCI Projects and Case Studies in the Region

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Orchid in Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanic Gardens
Project

Global Assessment of Orchid Collections

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Cycads

A model group for ex situ plant conservation
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Completed
Project

North American Collections Assessment

Conserving North America's Threatened Plants: Progress report on Target 8 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation
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