The University Gardens
Science at the University Gardens

Botanical collection and expeditions

At the heart of our collections are wild-origin plants, many acquired during collecting trips by our staff

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Staff at the gardens regularly collect plant samples, herbarium vouchers, and seed (with appropriate research/collecting permits) for the purposes of research, conservation, and display at the gardens.

We use the open science platform iNaturalist to document our observations of wild plants (and other organisms) in the field, and we encourage everyone to do so too! Here is a presentation by Michael Pirie and Heidi Lie Andersen for the IrisBG coffee chats on the subject in 2024:

iNaturalist meets IrisBG, Index Seminum, and Citizen Science | March Coffee Chat 2024


You can also see observations from a trip in 2019 to Serbia in the dedicated project here.

Earlier collecting trips have been documented in articles published in our in-house journal Ă…rringen.