at the Montgomery Botanical Center

Conservation Through Cultivation

It has been said that “the best way to keep a plant is to give it away.”

Widespread cultivation of imperiled plants helps ensure against their extinction. Making prized plant species abundantly available in the horticulture trade directly reduces pressure on the wild populations. This is a primary reason for Montgomery Botanical Center’s commitment to sharing its living collections.

Seeds produced from Montgomery’s living collections are routinely distributed to botanic gardens, research institutions, universities, schools, and plant societies worldwide. Pollen collections are also maintained in cryostorage through the Seedbank, and made available as needed. Montgomery Botanical Center’s Seedbank Program is supported by a large group of Volunteers. An article on the history of the Program was published in January 2000.

If your institution or society is interested in obtaining seeds from Montgomery’s Collections, please submit a letter indicating the contact person, name, and address of your institution; a brief purpose statement about your institution or society; and which species you are interested in. In some cases, we may require that your institution reimburse Montgomery Botanical Center for postage on the seeds. Mail your request letter to:

Jessica Sparks, Seedbank Coordinator
Montgomery Botanical Center
11901 Old Cutler Road
Coral Gables, FL  33156-4242

Seedbank Auctions

After conservation, research, and educational distributions are made, the remaining seeds are auctioned off in perhaps the first-ever online seed auction, in partnership with the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA). Proceeds from this auction support the Montgomery Seedbank.

The auction is scheduled every two weeks and proceeds help support Montgomery’s Seedbank Program—which also donates large numbers of seeds to other scientific institutions, botanical gardens, and plants societies worldwide. FNGLA uses their portion of the proceeds to support agricultural scholarships, community projects, and horticultural education.

Register online now at and begin placing your bids!

Florida Nursery, Growers, and Landscape AssociationFor more information about the MBC/FNGLA Seedbank Auction, please contact:

Attn: Seedbank
Miami-Dade Chapter FNGLA
18710 SW 288 Street, Room 38
Homestead, Florida 33030-2309

Jessica Sparks

Jessica Sparks

Seedbank Coordinator