For the Love of Gardens

Our May 2017 excursion For the Love of Gardens group was to the gardens and Herbarium (scientific collection of dried plants) at the Brisbane Botanical Gardens at Mt Coot-tha. Dorothy Eyears, the leader of our group, did a great job in arranging this really interesting visit where we met the people responsible for identifying plants for the community. Most of the Herbarium that we were privileged to see is not normally open to the public  (they have on occasions opened to the public during Open House week.)  Up in the main library of samples (850,000 of them), all catalogued in their species,013 we were privileged to see plants that had been catalogued by Sir Joseph Banks when on the Endeavour in the time of Captain Cook.  That’s something that was 240 year old and the quality was quite amazing.

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