Things are looking up for the rare plants in our state! Last week scientists, conservationists, and others interested in the welfare of Tennessee’s flora, including Sewanee herbarium director Dr. Jon Evans, met at Nashville’s Cheekwood Botanical Garden for the organizational meeting of the Tennessee Plant Conservation Alliance. This has been a dream for many of us, and it’s finally launched. Jon Evans was tapped for the steering committee, and herbarium curator Mary Priestley will help with the working group on public relations and communications. David Lincicome, a rare plant specialist with the TN Department of Environment and Conservation, and Austin Peay’s Dr. Dwayne Estes will be among the key players as the work unfolds.