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Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Australia - TAS - HOBART

Institution Code: HO

International Agenda Registration: Y
BGCI Member: Y

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: Y
  • 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: Y
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 600
  • Seed Bank: Y
    Computer Plant Record System: Y
  • Open to public: Y
    Friends society: Y
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Y
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Y
    Disabled access: Y
  • 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: Y
    Invasive Species Policy: Y
    ABS Policy: Y

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Y
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Y
    Reintroduction Programme: Y

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: Y
    Seed/Spore Biology: Y

Education Programmes

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