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Australian National Botanic Gardens

Australia - Australian Capital Territory - Canberra

Institution Code: CBG

International Agenda Registration: N
BGCI Member: Y

About the Australian National Botanic Gardens

The Australian National Botanic Gardens maintains the world's largest living collection of native plants from all parts of Australia.

The plants are displayed for the enjoyment and education of visitors and are used for research into plant classification and biology. A herbarium of preserved plant specimens is closely associated with the living collection.

The Gardens also cultivates plants threatened in the wild. This helps protect them against extinction and provides information which might assist re-introduction to their natural habitat.

The Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) are administered by the Australian Government - Department of the Environment.

The mission of the ANBG is to inspire, inform and connect people to the Australian flora.

Main Address:
Australian National Botanic Gardens
GPO Box 1777
Clunies Ross St., Black Mtn (Acton)
Australian Capital Territory 2601 Australia

Telephone: 61 (0)2 6250 9450
Fax: 61 (0)2 6250 9599
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr Judy West
    Curator's Name: David Taylor
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Paul Carmen
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 22
    Educational Staff Number: 10
    Research Staff Number: 15
    Administration Staff Number: 10

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Y
    Status: Educational: Y
  • Date founded: 1949
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Y
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 85 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Y
    Landscaped Area: Size: 35 Hectares
  • Total Area: 85 Hectares
    Latitude: -35.278594
    Longitude: 149.108481
    Annual Rainfall: 664 mm
    Altitude: 571.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name:
  • Local Address: Clunies Ross Street, Black Mtn, ACTON, ACT
  • Locality: City: CANBERRA

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Y
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 1124812
  • Seed Bank: Y
    Computer Plant Record System: Y
  • Open to public: Y
    Friends society: Y
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Y
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: N
    Disabled access: Y
  • Number of Visitors: 450000
    Number of Volunteers: 150

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 99000
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 6800
  • Special Collections:100 % of collection is Australian native flora. Specialising in Orchidaceae, Myrtaceae, Proteaceae, Acacia, Zieria, cultivars derived from the Australian flora. Maintains a seed bank with medium-term storage capacity, containing 3,500 accessions.

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Y
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Y

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: Y
    Conservation - Biology: Y
    Conservation - Genetics: Y
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Y
    Ecology: Y
    Ecosystem Conservation: Y
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Y
    Molecular Genetics: Y
    Restoration Ecology: Y
    Seed/Spore Biology: Y
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Y

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Y
    Education Signs in Garden: Y
    Public Lectures/Talks: Y
    Guided Tours: Y
    Permanent Public Displays: Y
    Special Exhibitions: Y
    Courses for School Children: Y
    Courses for University/College Students: Y