How does your garden grow? Chances are, differently than it did 10 years ago. Climate change has been linked to extreme weather events and devastating species losses--but not everyone is complaining about some of its more subtle effects. Gardeners around the country are reaping a few benefits from the heat, enjoying longer seasons and the chance to grow exotic species they'd never dreamed of growing before. Palm trees in the Midwest? In a few years, who knows. But these changes don't come without a cost: many regions are finding that their beloved flora are disappearing. Some state flowers, like the Minnesota showy lady's slipper, now have to be all but hunted down. And while the disappearance of a few flowers might not seem like a big deal, there are, of course, much more crippling losses occurring as well--like the white birch tree, which is vanishing from the Western U.S. thanks to the effects of climate change. With its disappearance could come the extinction of a number of animal and other plant species--possibly even the grizzly bear, which relies on its seeds for food. WIRED Science visits scientists and gardeners across the country to talk about how climate change might affect our planet's flora in the coming years. We might enjoy more luscious and exotic gardens today, but what is in store for us tomorrow? There is only one thing we can expect for sure: Things are going to change.moreless
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