Long the symbol of love, irresistible desire, and ephemeral beauty, the prickliest of flowers has never been so popular, so lucrative–or so toxic for the environment. But enterprising growers and marketers are working to turn the red rose green.
By Charles Bergman/ Photography by Pablo Corral Vega
A volunteer from Kern Audubon Society (Bakersfield, CA) propagates cuttings for restoration projects at Panorama Vista Preserve.
Photo by Charles Johannsen
Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid
Audubon ecologist Chad Pope conducts controlled burning to enhance a grassland at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center.
Photo by Dale W. Sparks
Volunteers with Wabash Valley Audubon Society (IN) rescue native plants from an area slated for development. Some plants were sold as a fundraiser and the remaining were used in local restoration projects.