From the highest peaks of the equator to the lowest lands surrounding the poles, plants that live in the most severe conditions have similar survival strategies. Short growing seasons, cool temperatures and drying winds are characteristics of the world above where trees cannot survive. What is a plant to do? Strategies include:
• Staying out of the wind by seeking out crevices among the rocks
• Growing low down to the ground
• Wearing a thick coat of wax or hair to prevent drying
• Presenting big, beautiful flowers to attract pollinators in the short summers
• Keeping most living parts below ground where the plants’ food is stored
Do you notice how some of these strategies are mimicked by humans for high country survival?
Our crevice garden imitates mountain conditions allowing us to nurture alpine plants from all over the world. Take a close look at how they have adapted to tough mountain conditions – small, low, waxy and hairy, with colorful scented flowers that beckon to pollinators and visitors alike!