Scientific Study at the Botanic Gardens

All plants and propagation material brought into the Gardens and the specimens collected for the Herbarium are identified and documented.

As a result the plants and propagating material used in the Gardens can be traced as they grow. This data collection will allow detailed research into scientific aspects of the regions’ flora.

Which Plants?

In the past there has been considerable debate as to whether the Gardens should be based only on local native plants or whether the range of plants presented should be expanded to include native Australian plants from areas outside the collecting region. In 1976 at a meeting of Australian botanists, there was agreement that a system of regional native botanic gardens be established in Australia. At an International Conference in the UK in 1978, this approach was adopted on a worldwide basis. In 1992 at the 3rd International Botanic Gardens Conservation Congress in Brazil, the matter was again considered and endorsed. The Gardens management is committed to this approach and that the Gardens continue to be based on species of the current defined collecting region which includes Eurobodalla and parts of the adjoining Shoalhaven, Palerang and Bega Valley Shires. In future consideration will be given to extending the collection zone to include more of the South East Corner Bioregion.

The Herbarium is central to the scientific development of the Gardens and the collection has been documented, identified and processed in accordance with scientifically based procedures. In developing and establishing the Herbarium, advice was obtained from the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra and the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney. The collection of the Gardens is now linked to other Australian collections via a national database of living collections.

The Gardens resources are available for research of the flora of the region through the study of the living collection and the specimens in the Herbarium.