Botresearch USA Conservation Garden

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United States of America - Texas - Spring

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International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

J.N.Covanes / Director of Research
J.N.Covanes / Director of Research

About the Botresearch USA Conservation Garden

Botresearch USA is a non-profit research organization with
a three-fold mission.The first part of our mission is
expanding the base of knowledge and understanding with regards to structural and physiological similarities and differences, chemical analysis which will evaluate their potential for pharmaceutical and medicinal uses, and the developement of methods of mass production via in vitro micropropagation or tissue culture within the Lamiaceae/
Labiatae plant family.
The second part of our mission is to develop educational materials based on the results of our research to produce a set of manuals for use by university students of Botany, Horticulture, and Biotechnology. These materials will bring together both new and old information in a manner that will clarify basic principles and place them in one central location.
The final part of our mission is related to the conservation of these species. This involves the establishment of a protected area or garden and seed bank which are strictly dedicated to the protection of these species. Equally important is the development of a plan whereby species which are mass produced can be re-introduced into their native habitat through the utilization of university students in those regions. Also part of the final phase is the educating the general public with regard to which of these species are endangered, why it is important to conserve them, and what they can do to ensure their existence. Our collection currently has 951 species, varieties, or cultivars within this one family.

Main Address:
Botresearch USA Conservation Garden
23410 Harpergate Dr.
Texas 77373 United States of America

Telephone: (281) 350-1707
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: John N. Covanes, Director of Research
    Curator's Name:
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number:
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number: 25
    Administration Staff Number:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1998
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: No
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 10 Hectares
  • Total Area: 10 Hectares
    Latitude: 30.0463920
    Longitude: -95.3665110
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Yes
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes

Plant Collections

  • Cultivation Taxa Num: 150
  • Special Collections:Our seed bank has 1102 species in the Lamiaceae plant family. These seed are used for research purposes primarily
    but some are germinated and grown in our conservation garden.Endangered species are mass produced and returned to sender for reintroduction into native habitat.A List of seed bank species available upon request but exchange is limited.

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: No
    Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: Yes
    Plant Breeding: No
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: No
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: No
    Ethnobotany: No
    Exploration: No
    Floristics: No
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: No
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Sustainability: No
    Pharmacology: Yes
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: No

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: No
    Education Signs in Garden: No
    Public Lectures/Talks: No
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: No
    Permanent Public Displays: No
    Special Exhibitions: No
    Courses for School Children: No
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: No
    Education Programme: No