Civic Gardens: Now and Then - Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria


Professor David CantrillJoin Professor David Cantrill, Executive Director Science at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, for the first in a series of online seminars presented by the Victorian Parliament in association with the Australian Heritage Festival 2021.

Professor Cantrill is responsible for managing and enhancing the State Botanical Collection held within the National Herbarium of Victoria. Hidden from the public, the collection of over one million dried and pressed plants is global in content, with the oldest specimens dating from the late 1500s. This talk will explore the history of the collection and its role today in conserving our increasing threatened plant and fungal biodiversity.

‘Civic Gardens: Now and Then’ is a special online series that brings together the leading experts behind some of our state's most prominent civic garden spaces: The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, the Royal Exhibition Building Garden and Carlton Gardens, and Parliament House Gardens.