Our vision and values

The Botanic Gardens of Sydney is founded on a passion for botanical science and horticulture, connecting people to nature, and the garden's rich cultural heritage.

The Botanic Gardens of Sydney is Australia’s oldest scientific institution. Our goal is to inspire and help people discover the power of plants and the inherent value they provide to our everyday lives. 

Our organisation is founded on a passion for botanical science and horticulture and enriched by its relationship with Traditional Custodians.  

We recognise that our understanding of plants and their environment is informed by thousands of years of knowledge generated by First Nations peoples in plant taxonomy, ecology and ecosystem engineering. 

We believe in harnessing both First Nations and scientific perspectives in order to sustainably manage the landscapes of Australia.

Our vision

We envisage a fair and sustainable world where people, communities and institutions are informed, inspired and motivated to recognise the power of plants and support their conservation.

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Our mission

How we’re contributing

We’re building this new world by advancing science, offering solutions to critical environmental challenges faced by all life on Earth, and improving the quality of people’s lives through joyous connections to our Botanic Gardens and The Domain.

Supported by First Nations people’s cultural and botanic knowledge, we strive to promote the deeper connection with Country and a broader appreciation of Australia’s unique flora.

Our work is organised across four pillars:

  • Horticulture and conservation
  • Science and research
  • Education and outreach
  • Engagement and partnerships
Scientist Amanda Rollason with plant tissue culture specimens at the Australian PlantBank

Our values

What drives our work

We have four core values that guide everything we do. We are:

  • Innovative: Whether we’re solving an urgent environmental problem or developing a long- term program, we seek new solutions, chart new paths, and responsibly lead the way. 

  • Imaginative: We leverage our creativity to drive engagement and enrich people’s experiences and connection to nature.  

  • Curious: We’re open and eager to learn, discover and understand — it’s how we increase and share knowledge, and identify effective solutions.  

  • Purposeful: The vision for the world we want to live in is our north star and we work every day with enthusiasm and dedication to achieve it.

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Our Reconciliation Action Plan

Our First Nations Engagement Strategy and RAP is a pledge to help build prosperity and security for the future.
Read our Reconciliation Action Plan
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Living Collections Strategy

Our strategy presents a roadmap for the living collections across our Gardens, The Domain and the Australian Plantbank.
Read the Living Collections Strategy
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Australian Institute of Botanical Science Prospectus

The Prospectus provides an overview of the collections and services of the Australian Institute of Botanical Science.
Read the Prospectus
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Our Brand

It is with pride we introduce our new purpose-driven brand and unifying name, Botanic Gardens of Sydney.
See our brand

Related links

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Find out how the Gardens is furthering reconciliation.