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Swainsona formosa, Sturts Desert Pea
Swainsona formosa, Sturts Desert Pea

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BGANZ is the chief body representing the interests of botanic gardens in Australia and New Zealand. It promotes the interests and activities of Australian and New Zealand botanic gardens and botanic gardens generally and enhances the state of botanic gardens for the benefit of the community.

Individual, Institutional or Associate membership of BGANZ will provide opportunities for information exchange, advocacy, development and grant opportunities and the benefits derived from national conferences and exhibitions.

All membership forms should be sent to
BGANZ, GPO Box 1777, Canberra, ACT 2601

BGANZ Membership Application Form

BGANZ Individual M’ship form

BGANZ Institutional Membership form

Associate Membership form

Forms and Fees

Joining the Network

Individual membership: $70 pa

Associate membership: $50 pa

Institutional membership

Where a public garden is operated by a local council, please note that the subscription rates are based on the actual annual budget for the public garden, not the total local council budget.

Org 1 – budget less than $250,000 pa: $200 pa
Org 2 – budget $250,000 – $500,000 pa: $475 pa
Org 3 – budget $500,000 – $1m pa: $950pa
Org 4 – budget $1 – $2.5m pa: $2,000 pa
Org 5 – budget more than $2.5m pa: $3,900 pa

To promote its Institutional members, the BGANZ website will have links to all Institutional member websites (or show other contact details), as negotiated.

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Member Benefits

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.

BGANZ advocates for plant conservation, fostering of plant sciences and social and cultural heritage programs.

We offer membership to Botanic Gardens, arboreta, herbaria, friends associations, industry organisations, institutions and individuals.

One of the major aims of BGANZ is to build capacity and actively support regional botanic gardens.

Individual, Associate and Institution are the three categories of membership. Member benefits (available to all Institutional, Associate and Individual members) include —

Joining a Network of national and international botanic garden, wide range of institutions and associate professional bodies and groups such as Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI). PLUS:

  • Training and development opportunities
  • Professional Development supported through BGANZ Prizes, Awards and Secondments programs
  • Partnership and shared knowledge opportunities
  • Professional Network working groups (eg. engagement, collections and record management network)
  • Use of the BGANZ website, social media and email to promote events, news and jobs
  • Botanic garden council advisory service
  • Online forums, panel discussions and webinars
  • BGANZ developed resources
  • Exclusive access to the BGANZ Member’s database
  • Subscription to The BOTANIC GARDENer,online magazine published half yearly
  • Early bird invitations and discounts to our biennial congress, regional conferences and other events
  • Significant reductions on Seasol products and Augusta Golf Cars
    Cheaper and special car purchase offers

And much more!

Join today and gain access to all the benefits.

Building capacity

Shared knowledge

Networking, training and development opportunities

The greatest membership benefit for BGANZ members is the potential for networking with other Botanic Gardens, with the opportunity to learn from the experience of others, and to have access to a wide variety of shared knowledge and resources. Professional development programs are mainly organised through regional group events. Members are encouraged to attend their nearest event.

Professional Networks

BGANZ has are several professional groups that have been set up for the benefit of BGANZ members:

Botanic Gardens Education Network Australia and New Zealand (BGEN)

BGEN is the professional development network for botanic gardens staff and volunteers working in the areas of education, interpretation, visitor and public programs, outreach and community engagement, and adult learning. The goal of BGEN is to provide a forum for people to share experiences and resources. Contact us to join the BGEN network.

BGANZ Collections and Record Management
Working Group (BCARM)

BCARM is the BGANZ Collections and Records Management group fostering collaboration and advocating for best practices in collections and associated records management (collections management) across the BGANZ

It supports the need for collective action across all BGANZ gardens to ensure the development of appropriate strategies for the security of the living collections. More info

Communications Network

BGANZ is always on the lookout fore members who want to contribute to the website and social media platforms we operate including facebook, instagram and twitter. Contact Sam Moon at to see how you can get involved promoting botanic gardens in your region. We’re interested in hearing from all types of industry professionals especially those with different points of view. Join the conversation!

Biennial Congresses

BGANZ where possible provides attendance grants and reduced registration fees. The Congresses provide wonderful networking opportunities, technical and other information updates and the opportunity to hear about the latest big picture issues relevant to gardens.

Regional Conferences

Regional Conferences provide a regional focused networking opportunity as well as the opportunity to hear about local and regional issues relevant to gardens. BGANZ Members pay a lower registration fee than non-members.

All the Regional Conferences, are held in non congress years. Details for BGANZ NZ, BGANZ VIC, BGANZQ and BGANZ NSW will be listed on the Website as information becomes available.

Training and Development

A Professional Development group provides outstanding programs and opportunities for your development. Contact us for further information or visit our Professional Development page.


BGANZ has introduced a number of Awards to support our members professional development. Click here for further information on Awards offered by BGANZ.

News updates and Vacancies

Informal news updates are circulated approximately monthly via email to all members, particularly if the next newsletter is still some time away. The news may include information on upcoming job vacancies within Australia and internationally, conferences, courses and other events, invitations to comment on draft documents and other relevant material.

There is also an opportunity for BGANZ to send other broadcast emails to members, to ask a question, seek advice or seek a connection to some expertise.


published half yearly

All members receive our magazine THE BOTANIC GARDENer, by email or electronically through our website. Generally there is a main theme for each issue and contributions are welcome. Please note not all articles have to relate to the theme. Deadlines are generally a month before publication.

Interested in contributing? Get in touch.

Exclusive to BGANZ members

Partner Benefits


Seasol are a great local company who have a strong commitment to improving the quality of gardens, horticulture and botanic gardens across Australia and New Zealand. Seasol were a major partner at the BGANZ 8th Congress in Adelaide and they have increased their commitment to further partner with BGANZ for 3 years.

Our partnership with Seasol enables member gardens to take advantage of significant reductions on commercial grade Seasol products. (Conditions Apply.)

It is a pleasure to be continuing our relationship with a company which has provided great value and support to BGANZ, and we believe will continue to do so in the years ahead.


BGANZ members now enjoy FREE access to AutoTender’s online brokerage, finance and salary packaging experts that are famous for providing unbeatable deals on new cars, utes, 4×4’s, vans and more. This service is normally $49 per submission but BGANZ members now get it for free. You could save thousands of dollars on a new car using this service.

Get some great advice about salary packging novated leases from expert vehicle brokers and save by being a BGANZ member.

Augusta Golf Cars

BGANZ members have a great opportunity to discuss all their transport requirements with Augusta Golf Cars.

Our members use a range of vehicles for various activities across their garden spaces. Augusta Golf Cars provide a wide range of vehicles to choose from.”

BGANZ encourages all members to contact Augusta Golf Cars to discuss future purchasing opportunities.

Dahlia imperialis, Tree Dahlia
Dahlia imperialis, Tree Dahlia