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George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens

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Australia - NT - Darwin

Institution Code: DARW

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

About the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens

The Gardens was established 130 years ago to introduce and evaluate plants for food and flavour to a small developing community and has since become important in the recreational and scientific life of the city.

They have survived numerous cyclones and the direct effects of World War Two. The site extends inland from the sea to a plateau providing a range of planting environments and is one of a few botanic gardens in the world which has marine and estuarine plants naturally in its grounds.

The location of the gardens is within the Fannie Bay cultural and recreational precinct and places it amongst primary tourist venues. Being close to sea, sand and sports facilities visitors can experience a continuum of activities from highly active to quietly passive.

Main Address:
George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens
GPO Box 1448
NT 0801 Australia

Telephone: 61 (0)8 99944493
Fax: 61 (0)8 8981 1647
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr Leonie Scriven
    Curator's Name: Dr Leonie Scriven
    Plant Records Officer's Name:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
  • Date founded: 1886
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 42 Hectares
    Latitude: -12.4465143
    Longitude: 130.8349462
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:30 % of collection if Australian flora. Arecaceae, Orchidaceae, economic plants, bromeliads, Ficus, Terminalia.

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes