Passion Flowers (Passiflora incarnata), Glen Burnie, Maryland, August 2014. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Azaleas, Ladew Topiary Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, Maryland, May 2000. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.
In Maryland, the Wildlife and Heritage Service of the Department of Natural Resources, and the Arboretum and Botanical Garden at the University of Maryland, College Park study and conserve the wide variety of plant species found throughout the State.
The Wildlife and Heritage Service's Natural Heritage Program tracks rare native plants that are endangered. The Service also offers educational resources to promote a better understanding of the natural world and ways to preserve it.
The University Arboretum and Botanical Garden actually encompasses the whole campus of the University of Maryland, College Park. The University was designated as an arboretum and garden in 2008 by the American Association of Public Gardens. Over 8,000 trees, 400 acres of forest, and multiple gardens spread across the campus. Seeds from threatened species are stored in the University Greenhouses.
Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Druid Hill Park, 3100 Swan Drive, Baltimore, Maryland, May 2007. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Palms, Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Druid Hill Park, 3100 Swan Drive, Baltimore, Maryland, May 2007. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Private associations also engage in the study, nurture, and preservation of Maryland plant species.
Formed in 1929, the Natural History Society of Maryland holds extensive collections of plants and animals. Some of these date from the 1800s, and helps document the environment of earlier periods.
The Maryland Native Plant Society works to conserve the State's native plants. Founded in 1992, the Society conducts field surveys; offers educational programs, including field trips and workshops; and testifies at legal hearings about habitat protection.
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