About Us

The Royal Botanic Gardens plays a leading role in the conservation of plants through biodiversity research, programs to protect rare and threatened plants, and the study of habitats. This work is supported by education and visitor programs about the importance of plants to life.

The organisation encompasses two diverse sites at its Melbourne and Cranbourne locations, including the National Herbarium of Victoria, the State Botanical Collection and the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology. The Royal Botanic Gardens is managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens Board Victoria, which is responsible to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change.

Our Vision

To connect people with our natural world by advancing knowledge and understanding of the value of plants.

Our Mission

To advance knowledge, enjoyment and conservation of plants through excellence in biodiversity research and management, horticultural displays and public programs.

Our Values

In all our dealings with Government, our sponsors, staff, supporters and volunteers, visitors and clients, we commit to Integrity, Respect, Innovation, Team Work, Accountability, Excellence and Leadership.

Our Charter

The objectives of the Royal Botanic Gardens are outlined in the Royal Botanic Gardens Act 1991:        

  • to conserve, protect and improve the botanic gardens and managed land and their collections of living plants
  • to conserve and enhance the State Botanical Collection and National Herbarium of Victoria        
  • to provide for the use of the State Botanical Collection or plants or plant specimens at the botanic gardens or managed land for scientific or reference purposes, consistent with accepted international practice       
  • to increase public knowledge and awareness of plants and plant communities        
  • to provide for the use of the Botanic Gardens for education, public enjoyment and tourism        
  • to provide for the carrying out of and contribution to research into biodiversity and the conservation of biodiversity