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February 2021 Meeting – Adam Black with “Chasing Elusive Blackland Prairie Plants for Ex-Situ Conservation”

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Join us on Zoom for our February meeting on the 15th at 6:30 for social time, 7:00 for quick announcements, then our program.  This month we’ll have horticulturalist, Adam Black with “Chasing Elusive Blackland Prairie Plants for Ex-Situ Conservation”.  Register in order to get the meeting link via https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkf-yupzMvHtYOejDKDUM4iB87ZzlbKPx6

The remaining fragments of blackland prairie habitat harbor a variety of plants that are of great conservation concern. Even if not technically listed as endangered or threatened, many species that now survive in randomly isolated tracts of blackland prairie are still important candidates for preservation due to isolated genetics and the uncertain future of land management. Join Adam Black as he explores these habitats in search of rare orchids, wildflowers, and other interesting or inconspicuous plants with the mission of ethically collecting propagation material for collaborative ex-situ conservation for both seed banking and for backup of living material in botanic garden safe sites around the country.

Adam Black is a lifelong plant enthusiast with a passion for the rare, unusual and esoteric. Based in Navasota, Texas, Adam combines his experience in the fields of botany and horticulture by promoting diverse landscapes while also collaborating with various gardens and universities collecting imperiled plant species for the purposes of research and ex-situ conservation. Currently he is self-employed as a botanical/horticultural consultant while also serving as program coordinator for the Smithsonian-led Global Genome Initiative for Gardens. He previously worked at several botanic gardens, most notably as director of The John Fairey Garden (formerly Peckerwood Garden) in Hempstead, Texas where he assisted with the transition of this internationally-acclaimed private garden into a public garden. Originally from Florida, he previously managed the forest pathology and forest entomology laboratories at the University of Florida and with his late wife owned a collector-oriented mail-order nursery that introduced many new plants now preserved ex-situ in botanic collections and general horticulture from Adam’s international and domestic explorations.

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