Trump administration plans to give $10.7 billion in funding for botanical gardens, ornamental plants

The Trump administration is planning to give a record $10 billion to plant ornamental species and botanical plants at its botanical garden in South Dakota, officials said Tuesday.

The money will be earmarked to help pay for the installation of over 4,000 trees and plants at the Botanical Gardens of South Dakota in addition to the plants that will be installed in the next year, officials told The Hill.

The Botanical Garden of South, along with the Botanic Gardens of Ohio and the Botanica of Iowa, is a state-owned and operated park.

The funds are being awarded to the South Dakota Department of Natural Resources for $3.9 billion.

The parks department’s $3 billion allotment comes just days after the Trump administration announced it would fund $2 billion to renovate and expand the state’s botanical parks, with $500 million of that money going to the Botany Garden of Ohio.

The $3 million to the botanical park, however, is dwarfed by the $10 million that was allocated to the state last year to build a new building and add new trees and shrubs.

The Botanical Park of South is the largest in the country and the second-largest in the Midwest after the Botanian Gardens of Columbus, which has more than 3,000 species.

The announcement is the latest in a string of recent actions to improve South Dakota’s botanic and agricultural landscape.

The state’s $1 billion annual botanical restoration program was set to expire this year.

However, the Trump Administration has pushed for more money in an effort to create more jobs in the state.