At the San Francisco Botanical Garden, Ryan, Botanic Garden Curator, and Brendan, Director of Visitor Experience, talk about their latest project, funded by The Botanist and BGCI. To support them in their mission of conserving rare magnolias through grafting, the garden has received vital funding from the Global Botanic Garden fund, which was set up to promote conservation practices, policy and education and infrastructure development.
The grafting project seeks to develop protocols for grafting wild collected threatened Magnolia species. A number of gardens across the United States will work together to propagate 27 accessions from 23 species of Magnolia. These trees will be added to each gardens’ collection, boosting numbers and diversity and increasing their chances of survival.