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Creating an American Prairie in the United Kingdom

Echinacea in a prairie setting
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Tuesday, April 27, 2021
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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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The Royal Botanic Garden, Kew has built an American Prairie in their Wakehurst landscape. Wakehurst is also the location of the well-known Millennium Seed Bank, the centre of a global plant conservation partnership. Prairies are more effective at carbon storage than are forestlands, yet only 1% of this native ecology remains in the United States. As a botanic garden, Kew is committed to preserving the genetic diversity of plants, encouraging their visitors to - as they put it - "walk the world" through their conservation efforts. In this nline presentation by Ed Ikin, Deputy Director of Wakehurst, Head of Landscape, Horticulture & Research at the Royal Botanic Garden Kew Wakehurst, will join us from the United Kingdom to take us through the project and inspire us with 6 acres of British soil now growing a rainbow of American wildflowers and sweeping American grasses.

Tuesday, April 27, 2 p.m. (EST). $15; 20% discount for Gardens members and supporters with your discount code. Registration at 919-668-1707,

Duke Gardens members and supporters are invited to join us for Partnerships in Plant Conservation: A conversation with Ed Ikin and Annabel Renwick, curator of the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants at Duke Gardens. This discussion will be before the 2 p.m. public program. Further information will be sent in your monthly membership newsletter. Membership info:

Contact: Registrar