Australian National Botanic Gardens

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Australia - Australian Capital Territory - Canberra

Institution Code: CBG

BGCI Member: Yes

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: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1949
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 85 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    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: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 1124812
  • Seed Bank: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes
  • 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: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

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

Education Programmes

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