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About the Conservatory

Flower at the CBS Conservatory

The College of Biological Sciences Conservatory is a biodiverse collection of plant species from around the world. We service the needs of classes, researchers, and the surrounding community through making both our plants and expertise available. The collection is the most diverse in the upper Midwestern United States, containing over 1,200 species of plants. We care for everything from rare and endangered plants, to invasive species, to plants that show developing economic potential. The material from this diverse living collection is leveraged for the maximum benefit for our students, scientists, and the public at large.