Our mission is to promote biodiversity by providing individuals, communities, and land managers access to restoration quality plant materials and guidance for effective use.
THE NATIVE PLANTS PROGRAM
The Borderlands Restoration Native Plant Materials Program was founded in 2012 when a group of restoration practitioners identified and responded to the need for locally produced native plants. Native plants have spent centuries developing distinct adaptations to regional conditions, held deep in the plants’ genomes and expressed as increased drought-tolerance, cold-tolerance, and high nectar quantities for local pollinators, among others. We promote habitat resiliency by working with plant material that is sourced within our ecoregion, maximizing the benefits of these adaptations.
The program now encompasses production of over 100,000 plants a year and a regional seed center with over 550 collections of seed from wild lands. It is the product of many hours spent with wild habitats; with fingers in the soil; with many passionate staff and volunteers. Together, these create a program that is a distinct expression of the exceptional experience of living in the borderlands.
Founded by Borderlands Restoration L3C, Native Plant Materials is now a collaborative program of Borderlands Restoration, L3C and Borderlands Restoration Network, 501c3, which work together through arm's length contracts that maintain separation of legal entities.
MEETING PUBLIC AND AGENCY DEMAND
We offer organically grown plants and seeds specific to the Madrean Archipelago’s semi-arid highlands, focusing on those with high habitat value and good in-situ survival rates. We serve wholesale restoration and research focused work for agency partners, among others. The public can support our work through retail purchases.
You are an individual and need native plants/seeds for your backyard and advice to create the best pollinator garden: