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Our members care about studying, preserving, and cultivating some of our planet's most interesting plants, many of which are only found in our most at-risk environments. We focus on plants from many ecosystems, ranging from those found on high alpine peaks down to bogs, woodlands, and deserts.


Selected Articles From Our Quarterly Publications
Nicola Ripley
I HAVE ALWAYS loved the North American alpine ecosystem, areas above the limit of tree growth, which extends from the northern sea-level tundra of Canada and Alaska, at 11,000 feet (3350 m) and above on the peaks in Colorado and the southern Sierra Nevada, to the southern mountains of Mexico, and west from the coastal volcanic Cascades to the top of Mt. Washington in the east. While many regard these vast ecosystems as largely conserved because they are beyond the...
Emily Griffoul
IT’S BEEN AN exciting and productive couple of years for our alpine conservation efforts here at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. The recently published Alpine Strategy (officially, the North American...
Mike Kintgen, Jew Toews
WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE about the alpine? In the Rocky Mountains, alpine vistas showcase snow-speckled peaks above mixed coniferous forests and lush mountain meadows, and rarefied air offers a delightful...
Alex Seglias
PLANT BIODIVERSITY IS being lost at an accelerated rate as a result of climate change, habitat degradation, and multiple other factors. To conserve native plant species, many institutions are turning...

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A Field Guide to the Plants of Armenia
A Field Guide to the Plants of Armenia
by Tamar Galstyan. Filbert Press, 2021. 592 pages. $55. list price You can find dozens (if not hundreds) of guidebooks to the flowers of Europe, North America—even the Himalayas. But there is nothing (that I know of) for the Caucasus


Abies balsamea 'Nana'
Abies balsamea 'Nana'
Description and General Information: Dwarf balsam fir, Abies balsamea 'Nana' is also known in the literature as forma hudsonia or 'Hudsonia'.


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