The majority of fax numbers were initially obtained by systematically telephoning the institutions for which we had telephone numbers, and other information was gleaned from combing through a range of leaflets and guide-books.
A draft version was produced on the photocopier in April 1992 and mailed out to all those institutions listed.
A final version of the Directory was published in August 1992 and distributed to all those institutions listed.
Since publishing the first edition of the Directory, the maintenance of the database has been undertaken by Jan Wilson, the Photograph Curator at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.
When the need for a second edition became obvious in 1994 due to the number of new gardens and telephone number changes, it was decided to send a simple questionnaire to all the gardens. This provided more information on staffing and volunteers, planting records, percentage of native plants, special conservation projects for threatened plants, indoor exhibition space and Friends or community support groups.
Where gardens have failed to return the questionnaire after two months, we have left this section blank (-) in the final printing. Some new gardens are in the development phase only, and we have indicated this while still giving their address and contact numbers.
There are 15 botanic gardens and arboreta in this edition which did not appear in the last edition. This reflects both a resurgence of interest in establishing botanic gardens and our 'discovery' of gardens that we did not know existed. There are also unfortunately 4 gardens which have ceased to function during this time and have been removed from the directory. Given the way the Directory has arisen, we make no claim to the status of the botanic gardens or arboreta listed. This Directory in no way attempts to endorse those gardens listed, nor to give the status of `botanic garden' to any of the gardens included.
The main aim in preparing and circulating this Directory is to facilitate greater communication and cooperation between botanic gardens and kindred institutions throughout Australia. The ANBG sees this as a legitimate role for the `national' institution, just as our parent body, the Australian Nature Conservation Agency plays its part in facilitating greater cooperation and communication between the various State and Territorial conservation agencies and the parks and reserves that they control.
New editions will depend on new information or alterations being sent to us - don't put off sending it until you have time to write a letter, just print the page with the alteration and post or fax it to Murray Fagg or Jan Wilson at the Australian National Botanic Gardens (Box 1777, GPO Canberra, ACT, 2601 Australia) or e-mail ( email@example.com )
Hard copy versions of this Directory are available for A$4 plus postage from `The Botanical Bookshop' Box 1777, GPO Canberra, ACT, 2601 Australia.