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The American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (AABGA) -

The American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (AABGA) was founded in 1940 by a small group of botanical garden directors. Operated initially on a volunteer basis, AABGA acquired part-time professional staff in 1972 and full-time staff in 1981.

AABGA's mission is to support North American botanical gardens and arboreta in fulfilling their missions to study, display, and conserve living plant collections for public benefit. Support for this mission comes in many forms: a quarterly magazine, a monthly newsletter, special publications, and programming at annual and regional meetings. To encourage gardens to develop internship programs for young people, AABGA publishes and distributes an annual listing of more than 500 internships.

Australian National Botanic Gardens -

Growing, studying and promoting Australia's flora

Balogh's Flora of the World -

Directory of sites from around the world.

Biota of North America Program (BONAP) of the North Carolina Botanical Garden, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill -

The Biota of North America Program (BONAP) of the North Carolina Botanical Garden, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, was founded in 1969 by Dr. John Kartesz. The program's goal is to develop a unified digital system for assessing the North American biota. The BONAP database now includes data for all vascular plants and vertebrate species (native, naturalized, and adventive) of North America, north of Mexico. Our goal is to maintain the taxonomic, nomenclatural, and biogeographic data for all members of the biota.

Botanical Data Overview hosted at the UC Berkeley Digital Library Project -

Provides access to information about all 8375 currently recognized vascular plants in California, including over 790,000 records of plant observations and 20,000 photographs. Users may browse these collections by scientific or common names, or search by name, location, and other attributes. Information about plant distribution and individual occurrences are presented textually and via interactive map capabilities. In most cases the data is publicly available and downloadable.

Botanical Society of America -

The Botanical Society of America exists to promote botany, the field of basic science dealing with the study and inquiry into the form, function, diversity, reproduction, evolution, and uses of plants and their interactions within the biosphere. To accomplish this mission, the objectives of The Society are to: sustain and provide improved formal and informal education about plants; encourage basic plant research; provide expertise, direction, and position statements concerning plants and ecosystems; and foster communication within the professional botanical community, and between botanists and the rest of humankind through publications, meetings, and committees.

Denver Botanic Gardens -

Denver Botanic Gardens is one of the top botanic gardens in the country and ranked as one of the top five cultural places to visit in Denver, Colorado. 23 acres containing more than 30 gardens delight visitors year-round. Denver Botanic Gardens is home to 15,000 plant species and many gardens featuring plants from all over the world that grow well in Colorado’s unique climate.

Global Diversity of Vascular Plants -

World map of the species numbers of vascular plants.

Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation A Research Division of Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -

Hunt Institute specializes in the history of botany and all aspects of plant science and serves the international scientific community through research and documentation. To this end, the Institute acquires and maintains authoritative collections of books, plant images, manuscripts, portraits and data files, and provides publications and other modes of information service. In this way they work to assist current research in botanical systematics, history and biography, and to meet the reference needs of biologists, historians, conservationists, librarians, bibliographers and the public at large, especially those concerned with any aspect of the North American flora.

International Organization for Plant Information (IOPI) - Global Plant Checklist -

Managed by the International Organization for Plant Information (IOPI), the Global Plant Checklist (GPC) is a cooperative international project designed to help humanity manage the earth's biodiversity efficiently and sustainably.


A tremendous resource for all things botanical.

Kohler's Medizinal Pflanzen -

Beautiful color reproductions of botanical illustration plates from the classic herbal by Hermann A. Köhler, published in 1887

Missouri Botanical Garden -

The Missouri Botanical Garden was first opened to the public in 1859 by Henry Shaw. It is located on 79 acres in the City of St. Louis. The Missouri Botanical Garden is home to over 30 different gardens, the Climatron®, a world famous Botanical Research Center, an active Education Division, and much more. Shaw Arboretum of the Missouri Botanical Garden encompasses 2,500 acres of natural Ozark landscape and managed plant collections. The Missouri Botanical Garden's mission is to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.

National Plant Data Center (USDA) -

The National Plant Data Center (NPDC) focuses resources on the acquisition, development, integration, quality control, dissemination and access of plant information; the NPDC works with partners to incorporate new plant technology into the agency's automated tools.

The NPDC is responsible for the PLANTS database, which focuses on the vascular and nonvascular plants of the United States and its territories. The PLANTS database includes checklists, species abstracts, distributional data, crop information, plants symbols, plant growth data, references and other plant information. PLANTS reduces costs by reducing the duplication of efforts and by making information exchange possible across agencies and disciplines.

New York Botanical Garden -

The New York Botanical Garden is an advocate for the plant kingdom. The Garden pursues its mission through the wide-ranging research programs of The International Plant Science Center; through its role as a museum of living plant collections arranged in gardens and landscapes across its National Historic Landmark site; and through its comprehensive education programs in horticulture and plant science.

San Antonio Botanical Gardens -

Society for Economic Botany (SEB) -

The Society for Economic Botany (SEB) was established in 1959 to foster and encourage scientific research, education, and related activities on the past, present, and future uses of plants, and the relationship between plants and people, and to make the results of such research available to the scientific community and the general public through meetings and publications.

South Carolina Botanical Garden -

The South Carolina Botanical Garden was begun in 1957 as a small camellia collection on a reclaimed landfill site. Today the Garden is a 270-acre public garden offering a diversity of cultivated and natural landscapes and year-round public programming.

The mission of the South Carolina Botanical Garden is to serve as an interdisciplinary public garden whose focus is research and education in the areas of botanical and cultural conservation and the environment.

University of Connecticut Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Conservatory & Gardens -

Welcome to the EEB Greenhouse Plant Collections. Our facilities house an extensive teaching and research collection of plant materials from all over the world.

University of Washington Medicinal Herb Garden -

Located on the campus the University of Washington in Seattle, the Medicinal Herb Garden is a resource for herbalists, medics, and botanists of all levels.

University of Wisconsin, Madison Botanical Garden -

The University of Wisconsin - Madison's Botanical Garden is maintained by the Department of Botany under the supervision of Dr. Mohammad Mehdi Fayyaz. The garden is an important resource for both teaching and research and serves as reference for the different families, genera and species represented. It also provides an area for leisure where examples of plants from around the world demonstrate the diversity and beauty of the plant kingdom.

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