Conservation Horticulture

 The electric blue flowers of the rare Alabama Larkspur (Delphinium alabamicum) stand out in the right portion of this photo.

The electric blue flowers of the rare Alabama Larkspur (Delphinium alabamicum) stand out in the right portion of this photo.

Do you have a green thumb and like to grow things?

At SGI’s headquarters at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, staff work to maintain a botanical garden with more than 350 native southeastern U.S. species over a space of 3,000 sq ft. Most of the species in the garden are adapted to grassland habitats of the southeastern U.S. This garden was created for teaching and research but is about to undergo expansion to serve a role in safe-guarding populations of rare species.

Volunteers are needed to help maintain the existing garden. In winter 2018, we will begin efforts to expand the garden and to triple its size to over 10,000 sq ft. We are in need of volunteers to help in all aspects of this process from creating new beds and trails, to hauling rocks, mulch, and soil, to moving and splitting plants.

 The tallgrass prairie garden at SGI’s headquarters, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.

The tallgrass prairie garden at SGI’s headquarters, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.