The North Carolina Botanical Garden Seed Program
The seed program at the Garden comprises three components: the Index Seminum, the Members' Seed List, and the North Carolina Wildflower of the Year Program. All of these programs were developed to further promote the Garden's concept of conservation through propagation. Seeds of southeastern natives are made available through these programs to nurseries, botanical gardens, other institutions, and wildflower enthusiasts.
In 1998 we entered a new era for the Garden, and we hope for other botanical gardens as well. Exotic species invasions have become one of the dominant threats to the natural plant diversity of wild areas. While the Garden has historically emphasized native plants and restricted the use of exotic pest plants, we must remember that our southeastern native plants may be someone else's exotic invader. Therefore, we have chosen to limit our distribution of seeds to within a 12-state region of the Southeast, from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic Ocean and from the Gulf of Mexico north to Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. If you live outside this area, we may be able to assist you in locating sources of native seeds within your geographic region.
Our goal is to reduce the risk of new exotic plant invasions that impact our natural areas and to encourage the use and appreciation of native plant seeds from local sources.
Our hope is that our revised seed distribution policy will result in an increased appreciation of your region's unique local flora and nurture the growth of all regional botanical and horticultural institutions throughout the country.
Questions about gardening?
Visit our Green Gardener Clinic! A garden curator, trained volunteer, or Orange County Master Gardener is available every weekday from noon to 2 pm at the Green Gardener Desk in the Education Center (central building). You may also call (919-962-0522) at that time with your gardening/plant questions.
Last updated by Laura Cotterman on March 06, 2013 at 11:24:09 am.