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Propagating Biodiverse Cities

As cities try to recreate wildlife habitat and restore native ecosystems, they struggle to procure appropriate plant material.

In this session, learn how the Washington DC Department of the Environment, the University of the District of Columbia, and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation are collaborating to grow a variety of native plants to aid in beautification projects and green infrastructure restoration work. Participants will learn about the Native Plant Greenhouse, how resources have been leveraged to build and run it, and how plants have made their way into parks across the city.

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation has initiated the "Plants Make Positive Places Native Garden" program. The program trains park staff and volunteers to plant and manage urban tolerant pollinator-friendly plants at recreation centers in parks. These plants not only beautify the sites but act as native plant reservoirs, which help to increase PPR's propagation capacity. The plants for this program are either divided or the seeds are collected to sow at PPR's Greenland Nursery. These plants are then planted at recreation centers and parks to expand native plant inventory.

Session Presentation Slides

Slide Deck: Propagating Biodiverse Cities


  • Learn how resources from multiple agencies can be combined and leveraged to accomplish a goal.
  • Learn how to use native plants to restore habitat, beautify neighborhoods and improve green infrastructure.
  • Learn to achieve the goals of Native Plant Greenhouse using volunteer power.
  • Analyze 2-3 strategies used to protect parks horticultural assets and increase park stewardship.