Fairchild's List of Living Plants

At Fairchild, we have extensive databases of plants contained in both our living collections and herbarium. The plants in our living collection database (BG-BASE), represent the history, provenance and collection management of these specimens. The plant list consists of the botanical name, common name if applicable, family, and the plot number of its location within Fairchild. Plot maps are available at the Information Center at the Shehan Visitor Center or you may download a map from our website.

Click here to view Fairchild's List of Living Plants.
Click here to view Fairchild's List of Living Plants by Common Name.
Click here to view Fairchild's Plot map. You can click on the map to enlarge further.

If you have further questions, please contact Yisu Santamarina at ysantamarina@fairchildgarden.org.

What is a Botanic Garden

According to Botanic Garden Conservation International (BGCI), the governing body for botanic gardens worldwide, a botanic garden must:

  • possess a reasonable degree of permanence
  • have an underlying scientific basis for the collections
  • have proper documentation of the collections, including wild origin
  • conduct monitoring of the plants in the collections
  • have adequate labeling of the plants
  • be open to the public
  • be in communication of information to other gardens, institutions and the public
  • participate in the exchange of seed or other materials with other botanic gardens, arboreta or research institutions
  • undertake in scientific or technical research on plants in the collections
  • have maintenance of research programs in plant taxonomy in associated herbaria.

BGCI has considered what makes a botanic garden different from public parks or pleasure gardens. In the International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation the definition of a botanic garden is as follows: "Botanic gardens are institutions holding documented collections of living plants for the purposes of scientific research, conservation, display and education."

(Source BGCI)