Tropical Collections and Care
with Michael DeMotta, Head Curator for Living Collections, National Tropical Botanical Garden

Wednesday, February 21, 2024, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET
$10 AHS members/$15 non-members


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The mission of the National Tropical Botanical Garden is to enrich life by perpetuating tropical plants, ecosystems, and cultural heritage. Head Curator for Living Collections Michael DeMotta leads these efforts to preserve tropical plant diversity and stem the tide of extinction. DeMotta will share highlights of the Hawaii tropical collections, discussing plant provenance, plant groupings and landscape choices, and plant care and maintenance expertise.

Michael DeMotta serves as Head Curator for Living Collections for National Tropical Botanical Garden, where he curates collections, oversees plant records, and leads plant production and additional activities at the Lawa’i Valley Conservation and Horticulture Center. With an initial horticultural passion for orchids and ferns, he has dedicated twenty-five years to developing germination and cutting techniques for native Hawaiian plants. DeMotta previously served as Horticulturist and then Manager of Living Collections at NTBG’s Limahuli Garden and Preserve.