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Public gardens occupy a key position in supporting nationwide efforts to increase monarch butterfly populations.
A well-developed trialing program can benefit a public garden, its visitors, and the horticulture industry as a whole. Successful plants with proven performance create beautiful displays that engage the public and showcase the living landscape.
In 1995, Smithsonian Gardens opened the Butterfly Habitat Garden at the National Museum of Natural History. After twenty years, this popular landscape is being reinterpreted to become the Pollinator Garden.
As climate change places continued pressure upon wild-plant populations, botanical gardens and arboreta become increasingly indispensable conservation agents.