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Seed Program Purpose

The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Seed Program maintains a collection of wild collected and cultivated seed to facilitate greater understanding, conservation, education, botanic research, and the horticultural use of California's flora as defined in the institutional mission statement.
As a founding member institution of the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) the Garden maintains part of a national collection of some of the most critically endangered native species. A majority of these conservation collections are conserved as seeds in long-term cold storage.

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


In addition, through a Memorandum of Understanding with the State of California Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Garden is authorized and regularily utilizes as the principal repository for seed collections of rare, threatened, and endangered California native plant species.

The seed collections serve as source material for department programs at RSABG and at other scientific, botanical, and research institutions through the distribution of samples from the collections. The curation and maintenance of the Garden's seed collections serve to increase our understanding of seed storage characteristics and requirements.