Monday, 15 July 2013

Australian National Botanic Gardens Volunteer


 image from ANBG

The Australian National Botanic Garden in Canberra was first established in 1949 to maintain a scientific collection of native plants from all parts of Australia. These plants are displayed for the enjoyment and education of visitors and are used for research into plant classification and biology. The herbarium of preserved plant specimens is closely associated with the living collection. The Gardens also undertakes cultivation of plants threatened in the wild.

One Volunteer at the Gardens is Barbara Daly. She has been associated as a volunteer for many decades and attends every week. One of the tasks Barbara undertakes is writing an informative guide of whats In Flower This Week where she lists selected plants which are in flower or are notable that week. Each plant listed has it's position marked on a map, botanical name and a description of the flower/plant.

Barbara's contribution to native plants is amazing in the ACT. She has helped identify and catalogue many areas in Canberra and her depth of knowledge is astounding. We need to acknowledge the contribution that volunteers make to our environment and Botanic Gardens. Barbara certainly fulfills the 'inspiring, informing and connecting people with Australian flora' adage of The Australian National Botanic Gardens - well done Barbara!

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