Endangered plants find friends at University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

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Known for its popular garden displays and apple breeding, the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is branching out to protect endangered plants.

The arboretum has joined the Center for Plant Conservation, a national network of botanical institutions and gardens that are trying to conserve rare species in the wild, and to store their seeds in regional deep freezers so they don’t become extinct.

David Remucal, the arboretum’s newly hired part-time curator of endangered plants, said he hopes to build the program over the next few years. “We want to do right by Minnesota plants,” he said.

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