Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Gwen Harden was a botanist at the University of New England, James Cook University and at the National Herbarium of New South Wales (at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney). She graduated from the University of New England with M.Sc. in botany and she is an Honorary Research Associate at the Botanic Gardens Trust Sydney. Gwen was awarded an OAM in 2004 for her services to botany.
While at the Gardens (from 1980 to 2001) she co-ordinated the Flora of New South Wales project and was the editor of the 4-volume publication and later revisions. She continued her interest in rainforest floristics and was involved in advising and monitoring the regeneration of rainforest remnants in various areas.
Gwen was involved in the Ecofest schools (run by the Department of Continuing Education at the University of New England) from the early 1970s in inland NSW, north-eastern NSW and southern Qld. For these schools she prepared and co-authored many plant lists and illustrated identification guides so that many (both professional and amateurs) could share in her love for, and appreciation of, the diversity and ecology of native plants.
Gwen is now retired on the mid-north coast of New South Wales and is updating identification guides to rainforest species that she co-authored with John Williams and Bill McDonald as part of the Ecofest series.
Source: Extracted from: https://rainforests.net.au/the-authors/
Portrait Photo: Extracted from: above site.
Data from 686 specimens