The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (RTBG) like many older established botanical Gardens worldwide, has an important management need to balance a sensitive cultural heritage site with the additional obligations of servicing the many multifaceted demands of today’s community.

In particular over the last two decades the emphasis for the RTBG has been to concentrate on plant collections with valid regional connections, essentially provenance collections that play an incredibly important role in the areas of biodiversity conservation and natural sciences.

The collections are showcased to provide visitors with an introduction to their local and international flora, providing interpretation opportunities that initiate discovery and learning. At the same time these collections provide a pleasurable visual aesthetic that sets the scene for many differing recreational uses.

These collections and especially the Tasmanian native collection also maintain a strong connection with the research work undertaken by the RTBG through its Tasmanian Seedbank, based onsite. This vitally important research work that is undertaken by this area is helping to build our knowledge for the preservation of Tasmanian flora which is also directly contributing to the international effort to ensure floral diversity throughout the world.

One our most unique collections is housed in a one of a kind and very specialised greenhouse that showcases the biodiversity of subantarctic plants from Macquarie Island and other subantarctic islands between Tasmania and Antarctica. Apart from the islands themselves this is the only place in the world that you will be able to experience a very small part of what it might be like to live on these wild and remote shores.

While you are online please explore our many individual collections via our collections menu, each collection area also has a virtual garden link which you can then interactively explore.

We hope you will have an enjoyable time spent within our many collections.

Tasmanian central highlands seed collecting and research trip rare and threatened species with great mountain views

Infield research work

Macquarie Island research work

Macquarie Island research work

Lomatia tasmanica

Critically endangered King’s Lomatia