The Research and Conservation department of Denver Botanic Gardens plays a critical role in the conservation, preservation, and documentation of native Colorado flora by serving as an active center of biodiversity research for the Southern Rocky Mountain region. Through our monitoring, survey, seed collection and documentation efforts, we are helping land managers understand the distribution and status of species found on their lands.
Our conservation genetics program is investigating diversity levels and patterns in some of our state’s rarest species. Our ethnobotanical and fungal collections are unique in the region and serve as educational hubs for the public. In collaboration with our partnering groups and agencies, we collect essential data for long-term understanding and management of species at risk of extirpation. Our program is known for consistency of product, and longevity of commitment to the projects on which we work.