Under the Gardens’ Raising Rarity Project, rare plant specimens were sold at the Cranbourne Friends Plant Sale in October 2019.
Raising Rarity uses a new approach to save rare and threatened flora by assessing the horticultural potential of rare species, to establish suitability for eventual introduction into cultivated systems, such as home gardens.
“Our assessment program is elaborate, requiring germinating wild seeds, and monitoring growth and changes across all stages of maturation and repeating this process for multiple generations”, says Dr. Meg Hirst, who heads up the program.
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is pleased to have received the Protection of the Environment Award award at the Keep Victoria Beautiful awards held on Friday 6 September 2019. Raising Rarity was selected from many outstanding competitors to take home the award, which recognises vital work communities across Victoria are doing to protect the natural environment, with particular focus on the conservation, preservation, and management of local fauna and flora, and biodiversity.
The Raising Rarity Project, comprised of Dr. Meg Hirst and her Science Division colleagues at the Gardens, Sue Murphy and John Delpratt of The University of Melbourne, and a team of passionate volunteers, are celebrating a win and the public awareness it will bring to the critical role of dedicated volunteers in scientific conservation work.