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FOODSCAPING - with Brie Arthur. Photo courtesy of Brie Arthur, all rights reserved.


Plantlife International is a British conservation charity working nationally and internationally to save threatened wild flowers, plants, and fungi.

With more than 30 years in this work, Plantlife’s members and team of dedicated conservation experts work with landowners, businesses, conservation organizations, community groups and governments, pushing boundaries to save our rarest flora and ensure familiar flowers and plants continue to thrive.

From roadside verge re-wilding, to no-mow May, to dunescapes and meadows protection, conservation campaigning and policy work, Plantlife’s CEO Ian Dunn is with us this week to share more about their goals and strategies – including the important work being done by home gardeners to integrate these goals into the fabric of our everyday lives and spaces.

Plants and fungi threatened are the life support for all life on our planet, their colors and characters light up our landscapes. From the open spaces of our nature reserves to the corridors of government, Plantlife works to raise the profile of plants and fungi, to celebrate their beauty, and to protect their future.

It’s time to act for a plant rich world - for climate, for wildlife and for us.

Plantlife stewards nearly 4,500 acres of nature reserve across England, Scotland and Wales. Their team of dedicated conservation experts work with landowners, businesses, conservation organizations, community groups and governments, pushing boundaries to save the rarest flora and to ensure familiar flowers and plants continue to thrive.

Plantlife was instrumental in the creation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation and we are a member of Planta Europa, a pan-European network of over 60 wild plant conservation organizations. With headquarters in Salisbury, they have field staff across Britain and national offices in Wales and Scotland.

I love Plantlife’s tagline: The future of wild flowers isn't cut and dried. Let’s keep growing to make that so.

Make sure to check out Plantlife’s 2030 goals in connection with the most recent commitments by countries around the globe to hit sustainable development goals through biodiversity conservation goals – the two grow together.

Photos courtesy of Plantlife International, all rights reserved.

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JOIN US again next week, when we move from biodiversity in the UK to Biodiversity in the US Conserving Plant Diversity in New England is a new groundbreaking report resulting from a two-year collaboration between Native Plant Trust and The Nature Conservancy. The report provides a scientific framework and detailed roadmap for conservation action and land protection at the species, habitat, and parcel scales that will effectively save plant diversity—and thus overall biodiversity—in New England specifically, but with lessons for all of us as the climate changes. Listen in!


Cultivating Place is made possible in part by listeners like you and by generous support from the California Native Plant Society, on a mission to save California’s native plants and places using both head and heart. CNPS brings together science, education, conservation, and gardening to power the native plant movement. California is a biodiversity hotspot and CNPS is working to save the plants that make it so.

For more information on their programs and membership, please visit


Thinking out loud this week:

I really enjoyed the seed series we’ve just finished up – opened my eyes, my mind, and certainly my understanding of the seed world in its many layers and tendrils reaching out into the world. And we’re now into this at least 2 part series checking in biodiversity as of right now.

I think the two subjects are directly related – seeds and the state of our biodiversity on the planet. And they meet in many ways in our gardens.

The more we plant strategically for biodiversity – we seed it – in our gardens, the more there can be….It’s an agency that can’t be underestimated….

Also, did you hear that statistic from Ian Dunn and Plantlife’s findings? 75% of the UK’s wildflower diversity has been found on people’s lawns in the UK after they stopped mowing their lawns (and spraying for “weeds”). Think about that?

I wonder if it would be true in the US? What do you say we try and find out????

I am all in for no-mow May (and longer) even on my tiny, weedy, push-mowered back lawn. I will report back what happens with mine if you report back on what happens with yours???





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