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Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Australia - TAS - Hobart

Institution Code: HO

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

About the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens was established in 1818 on the shores of Hobart's River Derwent. It is a cool climate garden featuring an extensive collection of conifers with 60 of the 69 extant genera represented. Housed collections include the Conservatory and Subantarctic Plant House. Other themes comprise the Tasmanian, Chinese, Japanese, New Zealand and Gondwana Collections.

Main Address:
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Queens Domain, Hobart, Tasmania 7000
TAS 7000 Australia

Telephone: 61 3 6236 3050
Fax: 61 3 6236 3051
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Ms Lesley Kirby
    Curator's Name: Mark Fountain
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Natalie Tapson
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 26
    Educational Staff Number: 2
    Research Staff Number: 2
    Administration Staff Number: 12

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
  • Date founded: 1818
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 14 Hectares
    Latitude: -42.866177
    Longitude: 147.332425
    Annual Rainfall: 570 mm
    Altitude: 30.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 1500 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 580 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 600
  • Seed Bank: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 467000
    Number of Volunteers: 92

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 11000
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 5000
  • Special Collections:Southern Hemisphere Conifer Collection that includes 30 genera and 78 species of which over 30 are threatened taxa. Ex-situ collections of a number of endangered Tasmanian species including Lomatia tasmanica, Phebalium daviesii, Philotheca freyciana, Epacris barbata, Epacris limbata, Stonesialla selaginoides, Tetratheca gunnii.

    Tissue culture research into the propagation of endangered Tasmanian species, Philotheca freyciana & Lomatia tasmanica.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes