The First Year Fellows have had another adventure-packed day down under. The group started the morning with a quick hike to Wentworth Falls to experience the native Australian flora in its natural habitat.
After taking in the stunning views of the falls, the Fellows continued on to the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, Australia’s largest botanic garden. Mount Annan not only features beautiful landscapes and walking trails, but it is also home to the world-renowned Australian PlantBank.
The Australian PlantBank is a state-of-the-art facility that holds over 10,000 collections of plant species for conservation and research. The institution uses the latest technology available to preserve as many seeds and as much plant tissue as possible.
While the PlantBank stores a wealth of genetic diversity, it also serves as an incredible education center for the public. Visitors to the garden can tour the facility to observe scientists processing thousands of seeds for the PlantBank and interact with the many displays within the building. Classes and private tours are also available to help people connect with and understand the importance of plants and seed conservation.
With the PlantBank, traditional gardens, and numerous recreation areas, the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan is well-poised to successfully engage both local and far-away communities for many years to come.