See our Living Collections with Garden Explorer
The most amazing part of this program is its ability to identity the plants near you when you are in one of our Gardens. It’s as simple as following going to the Garden Explorer page, clicking on the map and then each plant near you will show up on your screen. Tap on the plant you are interested in and it will come up on your screen with a bit of general information including scientific and common name, plant family, distribution and a photo. If you are looking for specific plant just type the common name or select the scientific one you are searching for and Garden Explorer will show you where it is on site.
The real heroes of this new tool are the Horticulture Plant Records and mapping team; Benedict Lyte, Ignacio Czajkowski and Sophie Vella. They imported over 100,000 data points and 26,000 images to our new program. Also, during this time they have done a monumental amount of plant inventories and mapping. In the last year they have ground truthed and mapped over 1/3 of our total collection of 80,000 plus taxa. Many of which had never been checked in over 200 years.
More features to come!
Currently there are over 34,719 plant species currently mapped across our sites with more being added every day. The plant mapping and records team are able to map up to 300 plants in one day, so the sites will be constantly up to date. You can search plants by country, genus, common name or plant name.
This online database can be used for Horticultural Tourism, other institutions that require a plant cutting for genetic diversity, staff and other visitors wondering what plant they are viewing in the garden.
By using GPS coordinates, we not only map plants but also dedicated benches and pavers, statues and other culturally significant spots and buildings around our Gardens. Phase two will also include trails such as ‘What’s Blooming’, the ‘Curators Trail’, ‘Historic Trees’ etc – the possibilities are endless!
Now that I have you all excited, I guess I should share the links for you to see for yourself. You can access any of these links on your smart phone, tablet or computer and explore our living collections for yourself. I would love to hear from you on Twitter @TexaninOZ!
The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Australian Botanic Garden
Blue Mountains Botanic Garden