Plant for the Planet! is a BGCI public education campaign to promote everyday actions that home gardening enthusiasts can take to help save plants. There are an estimated 100,000 plants threatened with extinction today, making them the most threatened species on the planet. The goal of the campaign is to turn gardener’s devotion to plants into action for their conservation. Gardeners can have a powerful and personal role in helping save plants. The Plant Conservation Checklist for Gardeners highlights simple recommendations for gardeners that support local and worldwide conservation of plant resources.
Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) is the largest professional body that unites botanic gardens across the world. Established in 1987, it links more than 800 botanic gardens in 115 countries. The world headquarters are in England at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. BGCI has regional offices in 10 countries. BGCI (U.S.) is based at Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL.
BGCI works on an international scale to safeguard tens of thousands of plant species from extinction. The organization also raises awareness of the importance of plants as one of the earth’s greatest natural resources and the dependence of life on plant diversity. From grassroots action to shaping government policies and priorities, BGCI utilizes its international network and internal expertise to achieve real conservation milestones.
For more information contact:
Botanic Gardens Conservation International (U.S.)
c/o Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, Illinois 60022