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Inspiring, informing and connecting people with the Australian flora

The Australian National Botanic Gardens cares for the national collection of Australian native plants.

The Gardens maintains a scientific collection of living native plants from all parts of Australia. The plants are displayed for everyone to enjoy as well as 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 reintroduction to their natural habitat.

The Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research includes the Australian National Herbarium. These are jointly managed by CSIRO and the Director of National Parks with strong links to the Australian National Botanic Gardens. The Herbarium, with over 1.2 million specimens, is responsible for the scientific integrity of the Gardens' plant labelling and manages the national plant name lists for Australia's botanical community.

The Australian National Botanic Gardens has received eco certification from Ecotourism Australia - the only national programme recognising Australia's best sustainable businesses. It is only the second botanic gardens in Australia to receive such accreditation.