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Future themes | Living Collection Profile | Introduction 2002-08 Plan | Thematic plan 2002-2008 | Conservation policy | Section Managment

The Living Collection in the Gardens is currently arranged according to a set of themes:

  • taxonomic - displaying the diversity of plant life according to their botanical relationships (e.g. Myrtaceae)
  • ecological and geographic - grouping species from similar ecological and geographic areas (e.g. Tasmanian alpine heath)
  • horticultural - promoting an appreciation of the horticultural values of native flora (e.g. Domestic cool-climate garden display)
  • ethnobotanic - growing plants used by Australia's indigenous people for food, medicine and fibre
  • conservation - preserving rare and endangered plants.

Future themes

A review of the collection and its themes was completed in 2010. Community input and stakeholders helped us plan for the Gardens' future.
Likely future themes could be:

  • conservation and biodiversity - a collection with a conservation focus that includes rare or threatened plants or communities, or those vulnerable to climate change
  • cultural and historical - a collection of plants with historical or cultural significance
  • ecological - a collection of plants that grow together in ecological communities
  • geographical - a collection based on a defined geographical area
  • landscape and horticulture - a collection grown for its visual or ornamental qualities, or to illustrate horticultural purposes
  • research - a collection that promotes or is assembled for scientific research
  • taxonomic - a collection based on plant classification and significant Australian taxa.

New projects

  • Grassland and Grassy Woodland Garden - stage 1 opened in 2010 (Section 175)
  • Red Centre Garden - on the site of the old nursery, planning started in 2010 (Section 326)

Staff access to Confluence Section Managment Plans

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