The Emerald Ash Borer has been in the news a lot recently, but it is only one of a swarm of exotic threats that menace the natural environment of the United States. Denver Botanic Gardens is a partner in the Sentinel Plant Network, a joint effort of the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) and the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) that is funded by the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Our membership in the Sentinal Plant Network makes it possible to bring the NPDN's pest detection education to our own membership and the public. You will see additions to plant labels on the grounds that identify potential host plants of high consequence pests and pathogens, along with a QR code that will direct you to more information about each pest and host plant.
Additionally, two more opportunities are available for anyone to learn about the pests that may make their way to our state, and what do to about them should they arrive, through Denver Botanic Gardens' Education Department, on Wednesday, May 21 and on Saturday, July 12. The classes are free, but registration is required. You can learn more about high consequence pests and pathogens as well as the unique partnership between public gardens and the federal government by visiting the Sentinel Plant Network's website.