Massey University Botanic Gardens project
Massey University's Botanic Garden project will create the first research-led botanic garden in New Zealand.
Massey's Manawatū campus is a beautiful, lush expanse, that already plays host to 11,000 different species of plants. This project aims to expand on this to create a botanic garden available for research, teaching and to the community across New Zealand and internationally. The garden will generate a wealth of information on restoration methods and the management of rare, threatened and endangered plants from around the world.
The Botanic Gardens are currently in the planning stage.
Turitea Stream runs alongside the Manawatū campus. Restoration of the stream and its surrounds will create a corridor for native plants and wildlife to thrive. Concurrent research on restoration methods and stream health will involve work from botanists, ecologists and zoologists from Massey, the local community and beyond.
Massey's arboreteum is a well-established haven for native and exotic trees. This area will be incorporated into the Botanic Garden Project, with improved tree signage and pathways to enable better access to this existing resource.
The creation of plots for specific research projects and themed gardens will provide researchers, students and the community with access to tailored and specific plantings for education and enjoyment.
The Herbarium has around 40,000 databased plant specimens, with many thousands more to be catalogued.
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Last updated on Monday 09 April 2018