is working to conserve the endangered plants of the Great Plains and to advance
understanding and stewardship of the region's biological diversity.
Plants are the foundation of life on Earth. People depend on
plants for food, shelter, health, and happiness.
Globally and locally, as many as 100,000 species of plants are
in danger of becoming extinct. If we
lose these plants we lose the special role they play in the web of life.
Some plants are imperiled because their habitat (the place where
they grow) has been destroyed or degraded. Others are naturally rare because
they grow in a very unique and limited habitat.
Botanical gardens use horticulture—the science and art of
growing plants—to help conserve endangered plants.
A botanical garden contributes to
community life in many ways—providing experiences of beauty, connection with
nature, and opportunities for education. Through the conservation program at
Lauritzen Gardens, we are also addressing the environmental challenges of our
times. We are engaged in conservation activities on local, regional, and