another gift for the gardener in your life would be an actual rose bush or something clever like that. But do that one better you can give your love one the gift of saving a plant species.
A few years back the Kew Garden (absolute heaven for any gardener, stunning beautiful and an amazing collection of plants) started a program called the Millennium Seed Bank Project, where they are trying to save as many plants as they can. It is sad and alarming the amount of plant species we lose every year. Many of these are plants that we do not fully understand....like in the Medicine Man movie, these plants could hold the cure to cancer or other diseases, we could be destroying our own future.
So part of Kew Garden's plan to save the plants is to offer people the chance to sponsor a plant species or a seed. The cost to sponsor a species runs from £1,000 to £2,000 ($1,600 to $3,200)but for only £25 ($40) you can sponsor a seed. Here are the details directly from their site
Adopt a Seed
Here's a selection of plants which are incredibly useful to humans, limited to only one habitat, endangered - or a combination of the three. Take them to your heart. Adopt them and find out more about the seeds and the work of the Millennium Seed Bank over the year. We'll thank you by sending an adoption pack which also makes a great gift. It includes an adoption certificate, a photograph of your plant or the habitat it survives in and more information about the Millennium Seed Bank partnership.
And if that isn't enough, you'll be helping to fund one of the most exciting and vital conservation projects the world has ever known.
They offer gift adoptions so that you can buy one for your favorite gardener as a gift and they will get this nifty "adoption" packet with information on the plant they have adopted. I would much rather have that then a dozen roses that will die in a week.....doing this I am helping keep a plant species alive for future generations, and I don't have to yell at my cats for trying to eat the leaves off my roses :D
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