The natural world is full of wonders but the growing pressures of development, biosecurity risks and climate change threaten their ability to tolerate stress and reduce the ability of populations to migrate. The Garden’s conservation programmes take place both within the collection, by growing rare plants at risk of extinction and participating in seed exchanges, and beyond, by participating in national and international projects where threatened plants grow.

This combination of work within and beyond the Garden is essential to allow us to better understand how plants function, how they are related to each other, how they compete and communicate, and how best we can allow them to flourish under future climate conditions.