Our task is to find, photograph and collect plant specimens at each stage of their development in the RBG Cranbourne, while ensuring relevant details - such as their locations, appearance, substrate they are found on, and habitat - are recorded. These specimens are then dried and mounted for herbarium collections at the RBGC, and the National Herbarium at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.
Anyone who is keen to participate in this very important and interesting activity is welcome to join the group. For further information contact:
T: (03) 9583 5731
T: (03) 5996 9759
When we meet
The Herbarium Collectors meet on the 1st Monday of the month from 10am to 3pm and on the second Sunday of some months (from 9am to 12pm) at the Maud Gibson Room (which is near the RBG Cranbourne Office).
The winter months have been very quiet for our group. Nothing that we hadn’t previously collected presented itself, and as well there was a reduction in our numbers due to overseas travel and illness. However, since October, we have been back in the field finding new treasures. Work on the collection itself continues.
Our excitement at being given a dedicated space—where we could spread out and work uninterrupted and have a properly controlled storage to accommodate the collection—has been dashed, as this building has now been given to the very vital Victorian Orchid Conservation Program Group. We are currently still in the Maud Gibson Room, which is a fine space and gives us plenty of working room. It fills our needs at present.