Seeds of Success (SOS)

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United States of America - District of Columbia - Washington

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International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

About the Seeds of Success (SOS)

Seeds of Success (SOS) was established in 2001 by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) to collect, conserve, and develop native plant materials for stabilizing, rehabilitating and restoring lands in the United States. The initial partnership between BLM and MSB quickly grew to include many additional partners, such as botanic gardens, arboreta, zoos, and municipalities. These SOS teams share a common protocol and coordinate seed collecting and species targeting efforts. SOS is a vital part of the Native Plant Materials Development Program.

Main Address:
Seeds of Success (SOS)
Bureau of Land Management, Div. of Fish, Wildlife & Plant Conservation
1620 L Street NW Room 204
District of Columbia 20240 United States of America

Telephone: (202) 912-7273
Fax: (202) 912-7233
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Peggy Olwell, Native Plant Materials Development Program, BLM Plant Conservation Prog. Lead
    Curator's Name: Anna Lindquist, National Curator
    Plant Records Officer's Name:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Gene/Seed Bank
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
  • Date founded: 2001
  • Physical Data
  • Latitude: 38.9036300
    Longitude: -77.0370700
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Arboretum: Yes
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: No
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: No

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:To date, SOS has over 8,163 native seed collections in its National Collection. This material is being used for direct seeding in local restoration projects and research such as germination trials, common garden studies, and protocol establishment. Portions of each collection are also being held in long-term storage facilities for conservation.

Conservation Programmes

  • Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

Education Programmes