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Native Orchid Conservation Efforts at Longwood Gardens

April 20, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm EDT

Learn about the successful outcomes and future aspirations of the Longwood native orchid conservation program.

Native Orchid Conservation Efforts at Longwood Gardens

Thursday, April 20, 7 – 8:30 PM

Peter Zale, Associate Director of Conservation, Plant Breeding, and Collections, Longwood Gardens

Pennsylvania’s beautiful wild orchids require a specialized approach to conservation, and public gardens play a key role in supporting these efforts. In 2015, Longwood Gardens initiated a native orchid conservation program that focuses on the horticultural aspects of ex situ orchid conservation, including seed propagation, seedling establishment, and collections development. This is balanced with in situ restoration, population assessments of rare species, and field work to catalogue previously unknown orchid occurrences. Learn more about the development, successful outcomes, and future aspirations of the program to date.

Free of charge | Virtual event

This virtual lecture is a part of our Third Thursday Lecture series