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Seed Program History

Old seed storage system in metal containers

At the old Garden site in Santa Ana Canon, large quantities of seed were harvested from the expansive annual cover plantings that served to fillin the open areas as the perennial plantings took hold and developed. These Garden collections, along with the wild collected seed lots, were stored in large metal containers and glass jars in the seed storage room until needed. Soon after the Garden moved to Claremont in 1951, the Stone House, situated along the cool air sink of Indian Hill Mesa, became the see storage building.

The Seed Bank


Rancho Santa Ana

Botanic Garden

1500 North College Avenue Claremont, CA 91711-3157

(909) 626-8767

Seed Program open to the public by appointment only

Freezer showing storage bottles

In 1988, to extend the longevity of the Garden's rapidly growing and increasingly valuable seed collections, an upright refrigeration unit and a chest style freezer were installed to house the horticultural and conservation seed collections of rare, threatened and endangered species.

With the completion of the new Horticulture Complex in 1995, both the horticulture and conservation collections were placed into -18 degree C freezer units in the Fletcher Jones Education Center for Biodiversity.

.Seed examination