The Australian PlantBank

After an epic journey the Australian PlantBank was opened on 11 October 2013 by Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, the Governor of New South Wales. Visitors can now visit, Monday to Friday between 10 am to 4pm, and learn more about the amazing science programs of the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust. You can see scientists at work and where our conservation collections are researched, grown and banked. Visitors can also learn more about plants through the interpreatation in the landscape and throughout the building including our cabinet of curiosities, the Diversity Wall. We hope you will visit soon! 

It’s a while since we have brought out the time lapse images at the Australian PlantBank!  Today we have a time lapse of one of our new landscape beds being planted by our team, with a few volunteers from the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah…these guys work fast!

The landscape at the Australian PlantBank is starting to look amazing.  5,000 plants down only 20,000 to go!

The landscape at the Australian PlantBank is starting to look amazing.  5,000 plants down only 20,000 to go!

What do you do with a stack of broken and damaged old sandstone blocks? You recycle them in to the ultimate jigsaw puzzle! The Australian PlantBank will soon reveal an amazing stone sculpture constructed from replaced stone pillars, gate posts walls and statue plinths from the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney - almost 200 years of history! One day we hope it will be home to a myriad of lichens, mosses and liverworts.

After a very soggy June the construction is drawing to an end at the Australian PlantBank. The beautiful curved glass windows were installed this week. Each window pane weighs a hefty 230kg! The window will frame the landscape and critically endangered plant community, the Cumberland Plain Woodland, in the distance. Around 1,700 of the 25,000 plants for the landscape are now in the ground.

We are at that stage of every building project where the outside is nearly finished but the inside still has a fair bit to go. If you have driven by the Australian PlantBank in the last few weeks you will have seen the final shaping of the landscape and around 1700m3 of topsoil delivered. We will commence planting our 25,000 plants in a few days once the irrigation works are complete. Thanks to AM for a couple of the pics!

This week the PlantBank seed bank vault sponsors and the Royal Botanic Garden & Domain Trust ‘s Principal Conservation Partners, HSBC Australia, enjoyed a tour of the facility. We are pleased to report they are impressed!

This week the PlantBank seed bank vault sponsors and the Royal Botanic Garden & Domain Trust ‘s Principal Conservation Partners, HSBC Australia, enjoyed a tour of the facility. We are pleased to report they are impressed!

Our staff go to great lengths to keep you up-to-date with PlantBank and this week we have an aerial view of the construction site! The photograph was captured a few weeks ago as part of a flyover monitoring the removal of our weedy African olive patches.

Our staff go to great lengths to keep you up-to-date with PlantBank and this week we have an aerial view of the construction site! The photograph was captured a few weeks ago as part of a flyover monitoring the removal of our weedy African olive patches.

It’s been a busy month and we are a bit behind keeping you up-to-date with PlantBank’s progress.  As you will see from the photos some areas, like our new shiny laboratories, are almost complete and works on the landscape have recently commenced.

A shiny new addition to PlantBank has recently been unveiled with some of the amazing reflective stainless steel facade now installed.  We hope you like it as much as we do!  The laboratories are well advanced with lab benching recently installed.