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and public programs for all members of the
community, aimed at deepening understanding
of the role plants play in our lives.
"We look at the di erent ways of delivering
the message about plants, working with our
horticulturalists and education and visitor
experience teams," West says.
"In the long term, any botanic garden plays
a big role in education and I think that s a very
important part of what we do here at ANGB."
West says all this would not be possible
without the expertise and enthusiasm of the
dedicated sta who share the ANBG vision.
"I love working with the people here, they are
just full of passion and have all been here a very
long time. Everyone works really hard and is
extremely dedicated to what they do," West says.
"It s a fantastic place and being immersed in
the plants is a wonderful thing."
West attributes the gardens growth and
success to partnerships with like-minded
organisations. rough these collaborations
the gardens is able to expand the role of its
living collection, develop new research and
conservation programs, and create and maintain
the site to the highest quality to showcase
unique ora to visitors across Australia and
around the world.
"We do a lot of partnerships and
collaborations with the ACT government and
the NSW o ce of environment and heritage,
but also with philosophic bodies and non-
government organisations," she says.
" e Friends of the Australian National
Botanic Gardens are also a really valuable
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