The new exhibit from Phipps' Botanical Art and Illustration program draws awareness to invasive plants.
Our display in the Welcome Center, Invasive Plants of Southwestern Pennsylvania exhibits art and illustrations from the Flora Project, a collaboration between Phipps’ Botanical Art and Illustration program and the Allegheny Highland Botanical Art Society, and features the work of Phipps students. This new gallery of art documents plants included in the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources listing of invasive plants. Invasive plants are those species that are not native to the state, grow aggressively and displace native vegetation. Invasive plants are generally undesirable because they are difficult and costly to control and can dominate entire habitats, making them environmentally destructive in certain situations.
Invasive plants were chosen for this year's project to create awareness of their damage to biodiversity and natural habitats and how climate change has made these highly adaptable plants an even larger threat to our native plant population. It is our hope that exhibit viewers will be able to identify those invaisive plants in their own landscapes and work towards the eradication of these non-native species.
Pam De Simone Romeo
Else Arce Kafka
Stephanie S. Lind
Betty Yee Yates
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