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  • “CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE FUTURE OF PLANT LIFE” SYMPOSIUM BRINGS TOGETHER TOP GLOBAL AND REGIONAL EXPERTS — New England Wild Flower Society
    the action plans offer valuable strategies for those of us in the plant diversity community State of the Plants Challenges and Opportunities for Conservation of the New England Flora Dr Elizabeth Farnsworth Senior Research Ecologist New England Wild Flower Society New England Wild Flower Society is releasing a comprehensive peer reviewed report that for the first time presents and analyzes the most up to date data on the status of plants on the New England landscape From these data we can understand the challenges to New England s plant communities and develop a framework for protecting the viability of thousands of species that together comprise our diverse and vibrant flora Whither New England Scenarios for the Future and Perspectives from the Past Dr David R Foster Director of the Harvard Forest Harvard University New England like much of the globe is faced with the potential for major change due to the interplay of climate change human activity and a range of physical and biological disturbances Lessons from the deep and recent past and tools from scenario science and modeling help inform our expectations for how these may play out but a huge uncertainty is our willingness and ability to advance conservation Identifying Species at Risk from Climate Change and Considering Alternative Conservation Strategies Dr Dov F Sax Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University and the Deputy Director for Education of the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society Many species are likely to be at risk of extinction from climate change We are currently poorly equipped however to determine which species are most likely to be impacted This presentation describes a new approach using non native and horticultural distributions of plants to forecast risks from climate change We also consider the relative merits of alternative and

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  • Go Botany Receives Award — New England Wild Flower Society
    more than 37 000 informative photographs and illustrations includes an interactive user friendly Simple Key to 1 200 of the more common native and naturalized plants of New England a full key to all 3 500 species subspecies and varieties of plants in the region an illustrated interactive Dichotomous Key which serves as the definitive online flora for science educators and experienced botanists a collaborative portal called PlantShare that enables plant enthusiasts to share their finds and get expert advice and teaching tools for educators who want to integrate Go Botany into their instruction in and out of the classroom A range of educational and cultural organizations are using Go Botany The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History New Haven CT uses it in after school programs to engage high school students to identify invasive plants The Montshire Museum of Natural History Norwich VT has a customized Go Botany guide to its woodland trail and has developed an exhibit to help visitors identify plants The Concord Museum MA used a customized Go Botany key to the flora of Concord as part of a recent exhibition The Smithsonian Institution is developing a Go Orchid key to all the orchid species of North America based directly on the Go Botany software and database Go Botany has been introduced to over 6 000 educators and learners and is used in hundreds of classrooms and workshops throughout a broad region According to Elizabeth Farnsworth Senior Research Ecologist and Interim Director of Education of New England Wild Flower Society Go Botany has received more than 1 5 million page views by more than 260 000 people since it went live in 2012 We know from feedback on our public comment portal that a large and very diverse group of people are using Go Botany in

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  • Garden in the Woods wins Editors’ Choice Award from Yankee Magazine — New England Wild Flower Society
    in the Woods the Best Native Garden in New England and one of the eight best public gardens in the region The editors cite the Garden s unique combination of native plant education and diverse native plantings recognizing that this fusion of conservation and beautiful scenery makes the Garden an ideal destination for a hike as well as the perfect place to learn about native plants Set among 45 acres in Framingham MA Garden in the Woods displays rare and common native plants in naturalistic settings For families looking to teach their children about the natural world for adults who can t decide between a stroll in the garden and a walk in the woods and for anyone curious about the diversity of New England s wild flowers and woody plants Garden in the Woods offers a peaceful place to experience the beauty of nature Debbi Edelstein executive director of the Society says We are honored to receive this award from Yankee which recognizes the special appeal of the Garden Garden in the Woods opens to the public on April 26 For more information see www newenglandwild org visit New England Wild Flower Society is dedicated to conserving and promoting the region s native plants to ensure healthy biologically diverse landscapes Founded in 1900 the Society is the nation s oldest plant conservation organization and a recognized leader in native plant conservation horticulture and education The Society s headquarters Garden in the Woods is a renowned native plant botanic garden in Framingham Massachusetts that attracts visitors from all over the world From this base 25 staff and more than 700 volunteers work throughout New England to monitor and protect rare and endangered plants collect and preserve seeds to ensure biological diversity detect and control invasive species conduct research and offer

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  • Trillium Collection at Garden in the Woods granted prestigious accreditation — New England Wild Flower Society
    an Accredited Collection which is the recognized standard for excellence in plant collections and demonstrates a garden s enduring commitment to global efforts to save plants Only 67 of the 500 public gardens in North America have received this accreditation Work on propagating the specimens of these beautiful spring wildflowers which grow in mature woodlands and can take as long as eight years to produce their first bloom began 80 years ago under Garden founder Will Curtis For the past two years Senior Horticulturalist Kristin DeSouza has spearheaded an intensive effort to refine the stewardship practices and improve the historical and current records for the 325 Trilliums in the collection which includes 20 of the 35 eastern North American species The rigorous process required an onsite evaluation from an official NAPCC reviewer following visits by three outside experts who were brought in to verify the identification of individual plants Trilliums are notoriously hard to identify because they hybridize regularly and have subtle variations between species and even between individual plants within species The Garden s Trillium collection the largest north of Delaware is a fair representation of all Trilliums east of the Mississippi Debbi Edelstein Executive Director of the Society said We are honored to receive this certificate It speaks to the quality of our collection and our stewardship and enhances the Garden s stature as a living museum New England Wild Flower Society is dedicated to conserving and promoting the region s native plants to ensure healthy biologically diverse landscapes Founded in 1900 the Society is the nation s oldest plant conservation organization and a recognized leader in native plant conservation horticulture and education The Society s headquarters Garden in the Woods is a renowned native plant botanic garden in Framingham Massachusetts that attracts visitors from all over the

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  • New England Wild Flower Society Hires Andropogon for Garden in the Woods Master Plan — New England Wild Flower Society
    New England Wild Flower Society s Executive Director We are delighted to partner with Andropogon as the firm is uniquely qualified to develop a master plan that innovatively aligns horticulture with the conservation mission of the Society and sets a new standard for sustainable design and management at botanic gardens Garden in the Woods was started in 1931 as the private garden of landscape architect Will Curtis who designed pioneering naturalistic displays to take advantage of the exceptional features of the site including high steep ridges with valleys containing a pond wooded bog numerous springs and a lovely brook He collected seeds and specimens from across the country experimented with new methods for growing plants and developed the largest landscaped collection of native plants in the Northeast In the decades since he turned his life s work over to New England Wild Flower Society in 1965 Garden in the Woods has become an accredited living museum with a national reputation as a leader in native plant horticulture propagation and education The first comprehensive master plan for the entire property will honor the historic character of the Garden while expanding the collection improving the visitor experience and upgrading facilities to meet the needs of a modern public garden We are honored to have been chosen to collaborate with the New England Wild Flower Society in this extraordinary endeavor This opportunity to guide the evolution of this living museum so it may better respond to the environmental and socio economic circumstances occurring more than eighty years after the Garden s creation will be a seminal and truly gratifying undertaking said José Almiñana FASLA Principal with Andropogon Associates Ltd Our goal will be to develop a master plan that provides Garden in the Woods the resilience necessary to maximize its capacity to support the Society s mission into the future The year long master planning process is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Hope Goddard Iselin Foundation The plan will likely be implemented in phases over the next decade The first public information sessions on the master plan will be held at Garden in the Woods on Thursday January 17 2013 1 2 pm or 7 8 pm Please RSVP to lreed newenglandwild org to register About New England Wild Flower Society The mission of New England Wild Flower Society is to conserve and promote the region s native plants to ensure healthy biologically diverse landscapes Founded in 1900 the Society is the nation s oldest plant conservation organization and a recognized leader in native plant conservation horticulture and education The Society s headquarters Garden in the Woods is a renowned native plant botanic garden in Framingham Massachusetts that attracts visitors from all over the world From this base 35 staff and more than 700 volunteers work throughout New England to monitor and protect rare and endangered plants collect and preserve seeds to ensure biological diversity detect and control invasive species conduct research and offer a range of

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  • Wildflower Image Gallery — New England Wild Flower Society
    Shops Blog Membership Search Site Advanced Search You are here Home Press Wildflower Image Gallery Site Map Wildflower Image Gallery Document Actions Wildflower Image Gallery last modified February 11 2015 Images of which species are in bloom through the seasons at Garden in the Woods These images are available to the press by contacting images newenglandwild org with your requests Contact Us Donate Now Resources Press Subscribe to E news

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  • Robbins’ cinquefoil named conservation success — New England Wild Flower Society
    banking propagation and transplanting techniques The staff of the White Mountain National Forest and the Appalachian Mountain Club initiated stewardship and enforcement programs to educate visitors and physically protect the cinquefoil s colonies The story of the recovery of this beautiful plant is a great example of how the Endangered Species Act works best noted the Center for Plant Conservation s Executive Director Dr Kathryn Kennedy Today the original Robbins cinquefoil population numbers about 14 000 plants The other species included in the report entitled Back from the Brink Ten Success Stories Celebrating the Endangered Species Act at 40 include the nēnē goose American peregrine falcon El Segundo blue butterfly bald eagle southern sea otter humpback whale American alligator brown pelican and the green sea turtle They were nominated by Coalition member groups from around the country A panel of distinguished scientists then reviewed the nominations and decided which to include in the report More than 1 300 imperiled species of plants fish and wildlife in the United States have been protected by the Endangered Species Act and only ten have gone extinct according to the U S Fish and Wildlife Service Thanks to the wisdom and the vision of Congress in 1973 our children will have the opportunity to witness the magnificent breaching of a humpback whale or hear the call of the peregrine falcon said Leda Huta Executive Director of the Endangered Species Coalition We owe it to future generations to continue to protect our endangered species and the special habitats they call home New England Wild Flower Society is dedicated to conserving and promoting the region s native plants to ensure healthy biologically diverse landscapes Founded in 1900 the Society is the nation s oldest plant conservation organization and a recognized leader in native plant conservation horticulture

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  • Trillium Week blooms in May at Garden in the Woods — New England Wild Flower Society
    botanical garden encompassing 45 acres of gardens and nature trails Founder Will Curtis was an expert in trillium propagation The Garden is headquarters for New England Wild Flower Society Trillium Week Special Programming Visitors during Trillium Week can discover trilliums as they walk through the Garden buy trillium plants at the Garden s shop and attend events including Guided trillium tours in the Garden Choose and purchase your own trillium from the Garden s nursery beds Understanding Trilliums a talk by renowned author William Cullina Trillium story and play time in the Garden for 3 6 year olds Dividing Trilliums workshop led by the Garden s propagator Dan Jaffe Planting and Caring for Trilliums workshop led by Dan Jaffe Most events are free for Garden visitors with regular admission Monday May 9 through Friday May 13 1 1 30 p m GUIDED TRILLIUM TOURS Join our horticultural staff for an up close look at the Garden and our accredited trillium collection Monday May 9 through Friday May 13 2 4 p m FROM OUR GARDEN TO YOURS Choose and purchase trilliums directly from our garden beds to take home only during Trillium Week Flag your trilliums during your visit our staff will dig them at their ideal transplant time and prepare them for you to pick up at a later date Potted trilliums will also be available for sale at the Garden Shop Thursday May 12 6 30 8 p m UNDERSTANDING TRILLIUMS Trilliums trace their lineage back 60 million years to the great temperate forests that once circled the globe Of the 48 species in the world a full 75 percent occur only in the forests of eastern North America Join William Cullina author and Executive Director at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens for a tour of the genus Trillium

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