Established in 2004, Botanic Gardens Australia & New Zealand Incorporated (BGANZ) currently links more than 130 + botanic gardens. BGANZ is a ‘not for profit’ peak industry body formed to build and maintain links with relevant national and international bodies, to benefit our member gardens across Australia and New Zealand.
The network aims to provide a forum for the exchange of information between members and the community and facilitate networking opportunities between members. It fosters best practice standards throughout botanic gardens in Australia and New Zealand and advocates for their interests, including plant conservation, plant sciences and social and cultural heritage programs.
BGANZ aim to build links with relevant national and international bodies who share their passion for contributing to a greener world.
BGANZ enhances the state of botanic gardens for the benefit of the community and advocates for plant conservation, fostering of plant sciences and social and cultural heritage programs.
Issues of concern addressed by BGANZ vary as current issues come to light and are discussed and examined. Issues such as plant conservation will continue to be ever-present sources of concern and action for botanic gardens.
Australian and New Zealand botanic gardens are playing important roles in both national and international conservation, and their holdings of living and preserved plants and seeds are an immense biological resource of information on plant biodiversity. The information sharing facilities provided by BGANZ for such issues have the potential to be of great benefit.
Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand – BGANZ – was registered as an Incorporated Association on 6 April 2004. BGANZ members voted to transition to a company limited by guarantee at a Special General Meeting held on 28 April 2022. BGANZ Ltd commenced on 1 July 2022. For more details, see the news item, BGANZ Ltd commences 1 July 2022.
The BGANZ Ltd Board conducts the affairs of the Company. The six current Board Members are listed here.
The purpose of the BGANZ Honour Roll is to recognise members who have made a significant contribution to the association for the betterment of botanic gardens across Australia and New Zealand.
Persons inducted to the BGANZ Honour Roll will be presented with a BGANZ badge and their name recorded on the honour roll listed on the BGANZ website.
Honour roll inductees are recognised and presented with the BGANZ badge at the biannual BGANZ congress awards ceremony.
Alan Matchett receiving his Honour Roll membership from Robyn Stewart, Seasol. Photo: Helen McHugh, BGANZ Council