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Beltsville Garden Club October 25, 2017 Meeting


Kevin Conrad:
“Magnolia ashei: Understanding the Need for Conservation.”


The Beltsville Garden Club will meet on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 7:30 pm in the multi-purpose room of the Duckworth School, 11201 Evans Trail, Beltsville, MD. Please join us for a program titled, “Magnolia ashei : Understanding the Need for Conservation.” Kevin Conrad will talk about the Ash Magnolia tree, an endangered species endemic to the Florida Panhandle. It is considered by most horticulturists to be a garden aristocrat. Although Ash Magnolia is found in gardens from Maine to Florida, very little is known of the genetic diversity of this species or the connection between what is in cultivation and the natural populations. Mr. Conrad is involved in a multi-faceted research project to understand the need and approach to conservation of this endangered species and will offer insight and preliminary findings as the project nears completion

Kevin Conrad, is the Curator of the germplasm program for the U.S. National Arboretum, a program responsible for the conservation of over 200 genera. Kevin has worked for the National Arboretum for 24 years in various capacities including herbarium collections manager and assistant curator of the Asian Collections. He has extensive experience in Domestic and International Plant collecting including work in China, Russia and Azerbaijan.

Refreshments will be served after the meeting. Bring a plant, or plant related material for the club’s door prize table. The public is welcome and admission is free.





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