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Georgia plant partnership will be exhibited at U.S. botanic garden
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SOCIAL CIRCLE — This year’s summer exhibition at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington will focus on sustainability by showcasing displays by organizations from around the world, including one from Georgia.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources announces that the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance, of which the DNR is a charter member, has been invited to participate in the five-month  exhibition titled “One Planet — Ours!” on the National Mall. Other members of the GPCA include the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The exhibit will also feature public agencies, non-governmental organizations and individuals leading efforts toward sustainable lifestyles. Participants include the United Nations Environment Programme, the U.S. Department of Energy, National Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy and American Horticultural Society.
The GPCA’s “Successes in Conservation” display will highlight plant conservation through safeguarding, volunteer-based habitat restoration efforts and field research. A three-panel display featuring the quote “In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we know, and we will know only what we are taught,” from Senegalese conservationist Baba Diom, will convey the organization’s dedication to continued conservation. The panels are mounted on the backs of three large planters that will be filled with rare and endangered plants of Georgia like mountain purple pitcherplant, Florida torreya and Georgia plume, along with a replica of the endangered bog turtle.
Current GPCA projects include restoration and management of pitcherplant bogs; propagation, genetics and management of a Georgia endemic tree, Elliottia racemosa (Georgia plume); safeguarding Torreya taxifolia (Florida torreya), Tsuga caroliniana (Carolina hemlock) and Gentianopsis crinita (fringed gentian); and the creation of a network of volunteers called the Botanical Guardians who conduct searches for rare species and monitor rare species populations and habitat.
The mission of the GPCA is to study and preserve Georgia’s flora through research, education and advocacy; facilitate the recovery of rare, threatened and endangered plants of Georgia and the Southeast through collaborative efforts in the state; and communicate the importance of preserving biodiversity worldwide.
The “One Planet - Ours!” exhibition opens on May 24 and will remain on display through Oct. 13. The U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory and adjacent National Garden are open to the public and admission is free. Visit for more information on the exhibit.
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