Why does The Botanical Ark exist?

Why does the Botanical Ark exist? Sometimes people who haven’t met us ask this question, and the answer is quite simple.

The Botanical Ark exists because one man, a prominent botanist and scientist by the name of Dr. Peter Raven, gave a speech back in the 1980’s in southern Australia, and he commented that in the next 25 years we could possibly lose 20% of all life on earth. Dr. Raven was then the Director of the Missouri Botanic Garden, one of the world’s leading botanical research institutions.

Suzi and I read the report in the newspapers, and listed to commentary on the radio, and thought if his estimations were remotely possible, the world would be losing something very important. We were determined to do what we could to help raise awareness of this impending loss- a loss that rivals the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Lacking the financial means and the political influence to have an immediate impact, we decided to use our land and garden to raise awareness in the value of biodiversity, especially to humans. Of course we thought about our children, and what they might not be able to see or appreciate, but ultimately having a healthy biodiversity will enrich all future generations.

We are not distinguished scientists with degrees of wisdom, just a family that cares about the future. And we decided to do something about it.

We finally met Peter Raven, both in Missouri, and here at The Botanical Ark and are convinced we made the correct choice in what to do with our lives.