Research

There are almost 400,000 species of plants in the world. There is so much to discover and learn to help preserve these plants, the ecosystems they belong to, and ensure a future generation of plant scientists, horticulturists, and naturalists to continue the legacy. The Reserve and our collections are built on a foundation of scientific inquiry. From investigating and conserving plants in the wild to horticultural research, science is integral to all activities at the Reserve. Research at Southern Highlands Reserve is part of who we are. Our research spans from pollinator counts to germination studies to assessing the impact we have in children's lives.