Partners for Plants is a joint program of The Garden Club of America's Conservation and Horticulture Committees to monitor and conserve rare plants, restore native habitats and remove invasive weeds on federal, state and local public lands of 150 acres or more. Partners for Plants volunteers have partnered with land agencies to conserve a variety of natural open spaces throughout the United States. Since the program's beginning in 1992, there have been over 375 projects nationwide.
Coordinated by a GCA member, each Partners for Plants project is as unique as the group undertaking the task. Volunteers work with professional botanists and land managers who supervise activities and share their knowledge and expertise. Projects can involve inventorying, mapping, monitoring, propagating, and transplanting endangered plants. Requiring a time commitment ranging from days to weeks or even years, each project serves as a catalyst for accomplishing important endangered plant work that in many cases could not have been accomplished otherwise.
Photo: Garden Club of Mount Desert teams have helped protect rare flora by monitoring plant populations at Acadia National Park, the site of the longest-running Partners for Plants project.
Photo: Woodside-Atherton Garden Club members with Save The Bay have planted over 2500 seedlings to restore the tidal marsh-upland transition zone at Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve, CA.