Living collection and conservation
Australian National Botanic Gardens extended temporary closure
The Australian National Botanic Gardens will be temporarily closed to visitors until 18 June 2020.
Our Gardens are treasured by locals and visitors alike, and we understand many people would have been looking forward to visiting, however the health and wellbeing of our staff, visitors and local communities is our utmost priority. We all have a role to play in minimising the risk of COVID-19.
Our thoughts are with the community during this difficult time and we encourage social interaction with the Gardens via our website and social media platforms. Please join our online community via Facebook and Instagram as we’ll continue to share stories and provide updates as they come to hand. We also encourage everyone to share stories, special memories and photographs of the Gardens through these platforms.
We will continue to care for our precious living collections and seed collections during the temporary closure.
We look forward to seeing you again in our beautiful Gardens in the future.
The Australian National Botanic Gardens supports a living collection of around 74,000 individual plants arranged in 40 hectares of themed sections.
Collecting for our future
This collection features over 6,200 species which represent around a third of Australia’s native plants.
It is the largest scientific collection of Australian native plants in which the collection originates from plants sourced from the wild, accompanied by herbarium specimens for taxonomic study.
Researchers can use the Gardens living material or specimens from the Australian National Herbarium confident of the background provenance of the plants and their current classification and naming.
Read more about Our Plants:
- Profile of Living Collection
- Plant Records Unit
- Search for a living plant
- Search for Sections and their plants
- Seed Bank
- Field Trips
- Australian National Herbarium
- Water wise - smart horticulture at the Gardens
- ANBG Library
- Permits to remove plant material
A conservation collection has been developed at the ANBG.
This program initially focused on Australia’s rare or threatened plants, and more recently has expanded to interpretation and education programs which reflect and advance the ANBGs commitment to its conservation role.
The collection has also moved into genetic diversity research to provide the stock needed for endangered species recovery programs.