The North Carolina Botanical Garden Seed Program

The seed program at the Garden consists of two components: the Members' Annual Seed Pack, and the North Carolina Wildflower of the Year Program. These programs were developed to further promote the Garden's concept of conservation through propagation. Seeds of southeastern natives are made available to nurseries, botanical gardens, other institutions, wildflower enthusiasts, and gardeners.

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.

Updated on February 10, 2017 at 11:11:30 am.