“The earth laughs in flowers.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
In Switzerland almost half of natural habitats and a third of the flora are in danger. Preserving biodiversity in the long term will require a range of measures, with botanical gardens playing an important role.
Botanical gardens not only preserve nature and species but do PR work: the priority of the “Last of their Kind” project is to promote and increase awareness of endangered plant species and inform people of the issue via a culture of debate. Ten botanical gardens are each taking on two specific plants.
Botanical garden at the University of Zurich
Botanical Garden, Neuchâtel
Botanical garden at the University of Basel
Botanical Garden, Pont-de-Nant
Botanical Garden, Porrentruy
Botanical Garden of canton Ticino
Botanical Garden of the University of Fribourg
Erschmatt’s Botanic Reserve
Botanical Garden Alpinum Schatzalp, Davos
Botanical Garden of the University of Bern
Felipe Schärer Diem