Seedbankat 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
The Seedbank program with the FNGLA is temporarily suspended. We are working with the FNGLA to get the program up and running again soon.