The plants in our Garden form the Living Collection.
The Living Collection is central to our mission to inspire, inform and educate the public and the scientific community about California's native flora. While we strive to grow the largest sample of California native plants possible, we focus on the long-lived perennial plant life of Southern California and Baja.
Living collections of plants can serve several roles in an integrated, ex-situ (offsite) conservation plan. Living collections are well suited to short- or medium-term housing for plants destined for reintroduction, longer term retention of critically endangered plants and bulking up collections for reintroduction or long-term seed storage. The Living Collection at California Botanic Garden fills all three of these roles, frequently in collaboration with other botanic gardens, local government and non-governmental conservation agencies. The Living Collections is a valuable research and educational tool that promotes the study of our native plants and facilitates the communication of the importance of plant conservation