Doug Daly in Brazil

Saving the Plants of the World

World Leadership in Research and Conservation

NYBG pursues science-based plant conservation, providing fundamental research to support policy decisions made by governments on local, national, and international scales. Its efforts have helped to protect some of the most threatened floras in the world, from Brazil to Myanmar, and have advanced forest management practices and capacity building in countries with the most biologically diverse and endangered habitats. NYBG’s scientists are currently engaged in 250 international collaborations with 168 institutions in 49 countries. This vast work is supported by the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, C.V. Starr Virtual Herbarium, LuEsther T. Mertz Library, Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Program for Molecular Systematics, and Commodore Matthew Perry Graduate Studies Program.

The Garden recently introduced the new Center for Conservation Strategy (CCS), which leverages NYBG’s scientific resources, in partnership with collaborators and stakeholders, to achieve conservation results that will help save the plants and fungi of the world. With one-third of Earth’s 350,000 known plant species at risk of extinction, and humankind’s dependence on plants as essential sources of food, medicine, and materials, and for the healthy ecosystems that sustain and protect life on Earth, NYBG is redoubling its commitment to saving the plants of the world by scaling up its focus on conservation by catalyzing conservation action.

The Largest, Most Comprehensive Botanical and Horticultural Library in the World

The LuEsther T. Mertz Library is the largest, most comprehensive botanical and horticultural library in the world. It collects, preserves, and shares written and visual documents that are essential to the study of our relationship with the plant kingdom. The Library’s holdings cover 1,000 years of botanical and horticultural history, and include more than 550,000 volumes and nearly 12,000 serial titles, and over 11 million archival items.

Supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Humanities Institute strengthens NYBG’s stature as an academically directed research center focused on the environmental humanities and increases use of the Mertz Library’s unique historical collections.