The Australian National Botanic Gardens not only displays the world’s largest collection of Australian native plants, it is also the home of many educational and research facilities such as the Botanical Resource Centre.
Open seven days a week, the Botanical Resource Centre is a free facility for students, researchers, plant surveyors, native plant enthusiasts, amateur botanists and anyone interested in identifying and learning about Australian plants.
The Centre is a joint initiative of the Gardens and the Friends. The Friends provided funds for the fit-out and recruited volunteer facilitators to help users of the Centre.
Do you have a botanical question?
The Centre provides access to a range of electronic plant identification tools, microscopes and reference materials to help visitors identify Australian plants.
The Botanical Resource Centre includes a public reference herbarium of native and naturalised plants of Australia’s south-east. This library of pressed plant specimens can be used to help identify plants of the region. Visitors are encouraged to explore the large range of dried specimens in the public reference herbarium, or to bring along their own specimens to identify and learn about at their own pace.
Please be aware of the potential introduction of pests and disease into the Gardens and only bring healthy samples, sealed in a plastic bag, into the Botanical Resource Centre.
Invited speakers give talks on a range of interesting subjects at 10:30 am on the first Monday of most months. See Calendar in the week before each talk for details of the speaker and topic.