Building Our Botanical Capital

Collections Access

A visit to Canberra is an opportunity to access the collections of the Australian National Herbarium and Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Access to the Australian National Herbarium (CANB)

Visitors wishing to access the collections of the Australian National Herbarium should contact the Curator, Brendan Lepschi, 6246 5167 (Brendan.Lepschi@csiro.au) or the Collections Manager, Jo Palmer, 6246 5523 (Jo.Palmer@csiro.au), at least one week prior to arrival.

Dicotyledon and Monocotyledon plant families are located on three floors of the Herbarium on the CSIRO site, and the Pteridophytes and Gymnosperms are housed with the Cryptogams in the Herbarium on the Australian National Botanic Gardens site. Both sites are open Monday to Friday, except public holidays; working hours are 8.30 am to 5.00 pm on the CSIRO site, and 9.00 am to 5.00 pm at ANBG. Directions to the ANBG can be found here.

Further information on herbarium access is available here.

Access to the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG)

The living collections of the Australian National Botanic Gardens contain over 6000 species of plants native to Australia, with most accessions being of known origin with voucher specimens in CANB.

Conference delegates wishing to collect material from the Gardens during their visit to Canberra should first check the ANBG's Living Collections database records and make a list of the taxa of interest. They should then contact the Plant Release officer, Paul Carmen, well in advance of the conference and provide a brief outline of their proposed research, the taxon list, and an indication of the type and amount of material required (e.g. 5 g leaf material, 10 seeds). The ANBG's collections will then be assessed and the enquirer advised which of the requested taxa are potentially available. Delegates will then need to complete an application to request release of the material as outlined here.

For more information please email anbg-info@anbg.gov.au.