Wednesday, June 5 • 11:00am - 11:25am
Cooperative Greenhouse Addresses Houston's Scarcity of Native Prairie Plants LIMITED

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Less than 1% of the coastal prairie, Houston’s natural habitat, remains today. Coastal prairie species serve important ecological functions such as flood mitigation and carbon sequestration. The extreme scarcity of coastal prairie plants in Houston leads to a lack of habitat for native fauna, increased flooding, soil erosion, and invasive species, and an overall deterioration of ecosystem health. To address this issue of scarcity, Memorial Park Conservancy provides a business model called the Native Grow Out Program. This program was created to successfully propagate hard-to-source native plants in the park’s greenhouse using two strategies: the CO-OP and the HUB. The CO-OP serves as the “production” portion of the greenhouse, and local organizations join the CO-OP as members that propagate and have a share in the stock of native plants. The HUB serves as the “project” portion of the greenhouse, and partners are granted permission to use the greenhouse for project-specific native plant needs. The Native Grow Out business model increases local availability of native grasses, wildflowers, and forbs and adds to the diversity of plants currently available from commercial sources. Through partnership with local government and non-profit organizations, the Native Grow Out Program will supply Houston’s organizations with a consistent and cost-effective supply of native plants for revegetation, habitat restoration, and enhancement.


Cindy Ryoo

Memorial Park Conservancy

Wednesday June 5, 2019 11:00am - 11:25am
Room 1218

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