The Garden has a growing collection of Magnolias,some of which are endangered in the wild. The genus contains about 120 species and many hybrids grown for ornamental use. An ancient genus, Magnolias are pollinated by beetles,the flowers having evolved before bees appeared. Trees of the Magnoliaceae family are also valued for their timber, medicinal and food products. About two thirds of species are distributed in Asia.The remaining are found in eastern North America, Mexico and Central America and the West Indies. The garden is expanding its collection of Magnolias thanks, in large part, to the late Peter Schick who donated many interesting species and hybrids.