Regional botanic gardens
Australia’s botanic gardens are ‘living museums’, not merely places of scenic beauty.
BOTANIC GARDENS CONTAIN living scientific collections and are defined by technical guidelines that distinguish them from public parklands. Specimens must be labelled and documented and collections made on a scientific basis. Gardens must exchange information, seeds or plant material with other gardens or associated institutions and have an educational role, allowing visitors to see and learn about exotic plants as well as native species. Botanic gardens are also increasingly playing a critical role in conserving threatened species, with many having propagation and reintroduction programs and seed and specimen storage facilities. Australia has about 100 regional botanic gardens and they’re often run by a team effort between local councils, community groups and volunteers with a passion for plants.