The Ballarat Botanical Gardens has been selected to join a major state-wide project aimed at preserving Australian native plants.
The Care for the Rare project has been created to safeguard rare and threatened Australian plant species against extinction in the wild.
As part of the project, representatives from BGANZ Vic (Botanic Gardens of Australia and New Zealand – Victoria) visited the gardens yesterday (20/3) to determine which species would be best suited to the gardens.
This program highlights the important role that all botanical gardens play in plant conservation and empowers local communities to protect plants indigenous to their region.
The new rare Australian plant collection will be a valuable addition to the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, and will complement the gardens’ existing work in the conservation of rare local plants.
The Ballarat Botanical Gardens current conservation projects include the rare Wombat Bossiaea (Bossiaea vombata), Basalt Peppercress (Lepidium hyssopifolium), Stiff Groundsel (Senecio behrianus).
The Care for the Rare project will also further strengthen ties and sharing of information with Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.
The Ballarat Botanical Gardens is one of six gardens across Victoria to be included in the Care for the Rare program.
The members of BGANZ Victoria inspected sites at the gardens and in other parts of Ballarat to determine which native plant collection would be best suited to Ballarat’s climate and conditions.