At The New York Botanical Garden we believe in the importance of growing, exhibiting, and teaching about plants that are native to the northeastern United States.
Native plants play a vital role in our ecosystems, for example by providing food for birds and wildlife. Native plants are becoming increasingly threatened by habitat destruction, climate change, and competition with invasive, non-native, or exotic plant species.
To counter these threats, individuals and institutions like the Botanical Garden can most help by choosing to plant native species, rather than exotic species, in their gardens.
Exotic species, whether brought to our region on purpose, as is the case with cultivated plants from other parts of the world, or accidentally, as in the case of weeds, often compete with native species for space, light, water, and nutrients. Exotic plants rarely provide the fruits, nectar, or leaves upon which native wildlife rely.
The Garden, building on more than a century of commitment to the study, conservation, and display of the flora of the northeastern United States, is in the process of creating a new Native Plant Garden. The 3.5-acre garden will present the beauty of native plants in a peaceful, modern garden setting in all four seasons, celebrating the diversity of our native flora and will hopefully inspire home gardeners to seek out and to use ecologically sound and sustainable native plantings in their own home gardens.