The North Coast Regional Botanic Garden Seedbank began operating in the 1980s. At this time, its role was to store and supply seed for producing seedlings for planting in the newly established Botanic Garden. Themed gardens such as the Chinese, South American, North American, Indian gardens were all established from seed brought in from overseas and stored in the Seedbank. Many Australian species were also collected, stored and grown for planting. Some were planted in display gardens and some were used for specialised Australian plantings – rainforest plantings, rare and endangered and heathland gardens.
The Seedbank has its own building, housing the seed storage area as well as a working area. Our role has grown over the years to include supplying native seed from the North Coast Region to other botanic gardens – both Australian and worldwide, as well as supplying seed to a variety of research and conservation organisations.