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Collection #75

Collection:Australian National Botanic Gardens
Physical address:Clunies Ross St. Canberra
Postal address:GPO Box 1777, Canberra, ACT, 2601, Australia
Country:Australia Show details
Contact name:Paul Janssens
Contact role:Curator, Living Collections
Phone:0061 2 6250 9522
Fax:0061 2 6250 9599
Email:[email protected]
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Precision of lat/long:100 m
Permanence:In 1944 a research forester from South Australia, Lindsay Pryor, was appointed Superintendent of Parks and Gardens for Canberra. After the war ended in 1945 Pryor sought a budget of 1,000 pounds to start work on a botanic gardens, to be located on the lower slopes of Black Mountain. He planted a range of Eucalpts on the site during the late 1940's and 50's. Pryor set the scientific foundation for the botanic gardens by employing a European Professor of Botany, Erwin Gauba, as its first botanist. Gauba established the Gardens' herbarium of pressed plant specimens. The 1960s saw the major development of the Gardens as they are today and they wree officially opened to the public in 1970.
Description:Total area is 90 ha. Climate is typically warm to hot summers and cold winters (occasional frosts). Mean annual rainfall is about 640 mm. and droughts are common. Soils are predominantly poorly drained fine sandy to clay loams, often with gravel included, and of low fertility. Soil modification is practised to support plantings of ecological themes. New Zealand plantings include, Pittosporum crassifolium, Coprosma baueri, C. pumila, Nothofagus menziesii.

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