Collect, study, preserve, propagate, and share plants for a better world
Juniper Level Botanic Garden (JLBG), established in 1986 by plantsman Tony Avent, actively promotes and preserves botanic diversity by sharing rare and endangered genera. We believe plants belong to humankind, not to countries, governments, bureaucrats, or academic elitists. Plants can be easily propagated, so they cannot be equated to minerals or even animals.
Our goal is to conduct non-invasive worldwide collection of plant samples, study and identification, followed by selection, garden evaluation, breeding, and eventually propagation and sharing of those with desirable traits. The rarer a plant is, the more important it is to be propagated and shared with plant researchers, botanic gardens, and gardeners around the world.
Our garden philosophy is to promote botanical diversity by assembling the largest collection possible of growable, winter/summer hardy ornamental plants for our region and display them in an aesthetic, sustainably maintained, healthy garden setting. This philosophy includes obtaining plants from all over the world with a strong emphasis on North American native plants, realizing that these are, as a group, no more or less adaptable than plants from foreign lands.
Our philosophy includes aesthetic plant placement using colors, textures, and forms to accent each plant’s best characteristics. It also includes proper plant spacing to eliminate routine pruning, proper organic soil preparation, and adequate irrigation to eliminate plant stress. By providing efficient, sustainable garden maintenance and sound design principles our collections prosper.