Botanical Resource Centre

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The Australian National Botanic Gardens not only displays the world’s largest collection of Australian native plants, it is also the home of many educational and research facilities such as the Botanical Resource Centre.

Open seven days a week, the Botanical Resource Centre is a free facility for students, researchers, plant surveyors, native plant enthusiasts, amateur botanists and anyone interested in identifying and learning about Australian plants. Please note that the BRC is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The Centre is a joint initiative of the Gardens and the Friends. The Friends provided funds for the fit-out and recruited volunteer facilitators to help users of the Centre.

Do you have a botanical question?

The Centre provides access to a range of electronic plant identification tools, microscopes and reference materials to help visitors identify Australian plants.

The Botanical Resource Centre includes a public reference herbarium of native and naturalised plants of Australia’s south-east. This library of pressed plant specimens can be used to help identify plants of the region. Visitors are encouraged to explore the large range of dried specimens in the public reference herbarium, or to bring along their own specimens to identify and learn about at their own pace.

Please be aware of the potential introduction of pests and disease into the Gardens and only bring healthy samples, sealed in a plastic bag, into the Botanical Resource Centre. 

For more information contact the Visitor Centre on (02) 6250 9588 or at, or visit the ANBG website.

Plant identification in progress at the Botanical Resource Centre
Plant identification in progress at the Botanical Resource Centre (Photo: Jill More)

How to find us

The Botanical Resource Centre is open seven days a week from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Access is through the Friends Lounge, just past the café.

To get in touch with one of the Centre’s facilitators, please contact the Visitor Centre on (02) 6250 9588 or at

Map of the Gardens showing the Botanical Resource Centre