A nonprofit botanic garden established in 1959, Montgomery Botanical Center keeps living specimens from wild plant populations worldwide. Emphasizing palms and cycads, the population-based, documented, scientific collections are available for study in Montgomery's 120-acre botanical garden of exemplary design.
The mission of MBC is to advance science, education, conservation, and horticultural knowledge of tropical plants, emphasizing palms and cycads, and to exemplify excellent botanical garden design. Through this mission, MBC endeavors to make the Montgomery name known and respected throughout the world in the field of plant science.
MBC carries out its mission by collecting seeds from wild populations of palms and cycads from around the world. MBC then germinates these seeds in its nursery and grows the resulting plants in population-based, documented, scientific collections in its extensive garden pursuant to excellent botanical garden design. MBC fosters and participates in scientific research by collecting and maintaining scientific data on its collections, making its collections and scientific data available to scientists for research purposes, and disseminating this research and data through scientific and popular publications. MBC cooperates with many botanical institutions and countries around the world by making its plant collections, knowledge, and expertise available to their scientists, educators, and students. MBC staff also explain the mission and operations to the general public through workshops, lectures, publications, and tours of the plant collections.
MBC's well-documented, wild-collected, population-based, tropical plant collections are extraordinary in their scientific, educational, and conservation value--and the botanical garden that contains those collections is extraordinary in its design and beauty.
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