Many of these campus gardens have become leaders in botanical education, horticultural research and conservation.
University Affairs: Until recently, the existence of a two-million-year-old tree had been suggested only through fossil records. Then, one September day in 1994, a parks officer was bushwalking through an isolated canyon in Australia’s Wollemi National Park when he happened on some ancient-looking trees that he did not recognize, some up to 40 metres tall. The “extinct” tree, which scientists have since said likely dates back as far as 200 million years, was very much alive. The discovery was compared to finding a living dinosaur.