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Biographical entry Gardner, Jennifer Anne


Botanist and Environmentalist


Jennifer Gardner was Curator of the Waite Arboretum at the University of Adelaide from 1986 to 2017. During this time she increased its collection of trees to over 2,200 species, improved public access, and established the Friends of the Waite Arboretum in 1994. As manager of the Urrbrae House Gardens and Waite Conservation Reserve she managed their rejuvenation, enlisted many volunteers to assist in the cause, and opened the House to the public in 1991. Gardner was co-founder of the Trees & Roadway Experimental & Education Network (TREENET), a national research and education organisation which makes significant contribution to Australia's urban forest. In 2015 the Dr Jennifer Gardner Prize for Waite Arboretum Research was named in her honour.



1986 - 2017
Career position - Curator, Waite Arboretum
Career position - Co-Founder, Tree and Roadway Experimental and Educational Network (TREENET)
Life event - Retired
Award - Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to conservation and the environment

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  • Gardner, Jennifer A., 'History of the Waite Arboretum and Waite Herbarium', in Short, P.S. (ed.), History of Systematic Botany in Australasia: Proceedings of a Symposium Held at the University of Melbourne, 25-27 May 1988, Australian Systematic Botany Society, Melbourne, 1990, pp. 29-36. Details


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