In the 1970's and early 1980's the Australian National Botanic Gardens (then known as Canberra Botanic Gardens) produced a landmark series of booklets called 'Growing Native Plants', issuing one volume a year for 14 years. This was at a time when little was available on this topic in commercial publishing.
With the private publication of 'Australian Native Plants' by John Wrigley and Murray Fagg in 1979 and the first volumes of the multi-part 'Encyclopeadia of Australian Plants' by Rodger Elliot and David Jones in the 1980's, there was less demand for the government to produce the series and it finished at Number 14.
This Web version updates highlights from the series, making the information
available to a much larger local and world audience. In recent years new species
have been added, written by the Botanical Interns as part of their training program with the Australian
National Herbarium. The Interns research each species and talk to the horticultural staff of the Gardens to gain further information.