Re­gional botanic gar­dens

Australia’s botanic gar­dens are ‘liv­ing mu­se­ums’, not merely places of scenic beauty.

Australian Geographic - - Geobuzz -

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.

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