Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Support the Library

The Library of the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust is supported in many ways: 

By the many Library volunteers who have been unburying and organising the heritage collections and in a thousand other ways of supported the two library staff. 

By the Friends of the Botanic Gardens who have donated over $180,000 in recent years for a range of projects - a considerable part of this funding comes from long-time generous supporters of the Library such as Bill and Sally Nelson and Dorothy and Alex Robinson. 

By the donation of large and valuable works or collections such as the anonymous donor of our set of Banks' Florilegium for which the Trust will be forever grateful, Sue and Rob Maple-Brown's donation of the Highgrove Florilegium, John Slade's magnificent donation of orchid books and other early botanical works, the bequest of Thomas Savige's Camellia collection and research notes ... right down to the donation or loan of a single family photo of the Garden.

By the Royal Botanic Gardens Foundation who support the Library in a number of projects in preparation for the Garden's Bicentennary in 2016. Foundation supporters have donated $49,000 towards the Rare Book Cataloguing Project and $20,000 towards a conservation/binding project. The projects needing funding include digitising collection images and documents, conserving fragile and damaged collection items, the digitising of 134 years of catalogue cards and journal indexing records and refurbishing the public & staff working areas of the Library to expand the Library's collection capacity to manage growth over the next 20 years. 

There are a number of ways to help support the Library, by the donation of:

  • funds to purchase new books or the donation of recently published titles or historic works
  • original botanical illustrations and artworks for the Library's developing collection
  • photographs or illustrations of the Royal Botanic Garden and the Domain, the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan & the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah at any time of their history
  • funds to restore some of the many historic and rare books, photos, manuscript and other non-book materials urgently in need of repair
  • funds to digitise images and documents to make them available online
  • funds to digitise the card catalogue
  • funds for the next stage of the refurbishment of the Library

Panoramas in pieces
The 3 stunning 1904 Domain panoramas found in 10 pieces in different locations

Panoramas conserved
Conserving the Domain panoramas

Photo acquisitions
Historic photos of the Gardens purchased with donor funding