Center for Plant Conservation (USA)

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United States of America - California - Escondido

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International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: Yes

About the Center for Plant Conservation (USA)

The Center for Plant Conservation recovers America’s vanishing flora. The Center maintains the National Collection of Endangered Plants, a collection of cultivated plants and seeds of imperiled, native plants in the United States. The Center’s participating institutions work with these imperiled plants off-site and in the wild. In the greenhouse, institution scientists conduct horticultural research and learn how to grow the plants from seed or from cuttings. The Center’s scientists then provide plant material for restoration efforts in the wild. Institution scientists also assist in monitoring populations in the wild, managing habitat and restoring plants to native habitats.

Main Address:
Center for Plant Conservation (USA)
San Diego Zoo Global
15600 San Pasqual Valley Rd.
California 92027-7000 United States of America

Telephone: (760) 796-5686
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: John Clark, President/Executive Director
    Curator's Name: Joyce Maschinski, Chief of Science
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Katie Heineman, Data Scientist
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number:
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 4

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Network
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
  • Date founded: 1985
  • Physical Data
  • Latitude: 33.093853
    Longitude: -116.99982
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Participating Institutions as of August 2010: Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, Hawaii Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Arizona Atlanta Botanical Garden, Georgia Bok Tower Gardens, Florida Brooklyn Botanic Garden, New York Chicago Botanic Garden, Illinois Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Ohio Cornell Plantations, New York Denver Botanic Gardens, Colorado Desert Botanical Garden, Arizona Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Florida Harold L. Lyon Arboretum, Hawaii Honolulu Botanical Gardens, Hawaii Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens, Texas Missouri Botanical Garden, Missouri National Tropical Botanical Garden, Hawaii New England Wild Flower Society, Massachusetts North Carolina Botanical Garden, North Carolina Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, California Red Butte Garden and Arboretum, Utah Regional Parks Botanic Garden, California San Antonio Botanical Garden, Texas Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, California St. George Village Botanic Garden, Virgin Islands The Arboretum at Flagstaff, Arizona The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Massachusetts The Berry Botanic Garden, Oregon The Holden Arboretum, Ohio The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Texas The Morton Arboretum, Illinois The New York Botanical Garden, New York The North Carolina Arboretum, North Carolina The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Georgia University of California Botanical Garden, California University Of Washington Botanic Gardens, Washington Waimea Valley, Hawaii

Features and Facilities

  • Seed Bank: Yes
  • Open to public: No

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:The National Collection of Endangered Plants contains plant material (most of it seed banked) for more than 1400 of the country’s most imperiled native plants. An important conservation resource, the Collection is a back-up in case a species becomes extinct or no longer reproduces in the wild. The Collection provides the material needed for restoration work for the species. It’s also an important resource for the scientific study of plant rarity, rare plant life cycles and rare plant storage and germination requirements. Search the National Collection at

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes

Education Programmes

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