Our collections

Delve into our diverse collections, from herbarium specimens and living seeds, extensive and unique living collections across three botanic gardens, to modern and historical books, scientific journals and botanical illustrations.  

herbarium collection

Herbarium Collection

The National Herbarium of New South Wales is one of the largest herbaria in Australia.
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herbarium collection

Seed collection

Learn about the PlantBank's seed collection, an important resource for agriculture, horticulture and medicine.
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  • Wattle bird flying to perch on a giant flower stalk with clusters of blue flowers
  • Grove of different species of Palm trees, with orange flowering cliveas growing in the undercanopy
  • Lush rainforest tree canopy at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
  • Garden full of different species of wattles in flower

Living Collection

Spanning three Botanic Gardens and the Domain, our sites house an extraordinary Living Collection comprised of wild-sourced, thriving plant families and ecosystems that serve as an invaluable resource for conservation, research, and education.

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Banksia Herbarium specimen collected by Banks & Solander in 1770

Daniel Solander Library

The Daniel Solander Library is the oldest botanical research library in Australia.
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Banksia Herbarium specimen collected by Banks & Solander in 1770

Botanical illustrations

The illustrators of the Botanic Garden maintain the rich history of making science visual through the art.
Explore the hidden world of botanical illustration