Robert A. Vines Environmental Science Center, Mercer Botanic Gardens

  • Name

    Robert A. Vines Environmental Science Center, Mercer Botanic Gardens

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  • Current Status


  • Contact

    [1] 713 274 4160
    Fax: [1] 832 927 0033

  • Address

    Spring Branch Science Center Herbarium
    Robert A. Vines Environmental Science Center, Mercer Botanic Gardens
    Mercer Botanic Gardens, 22306 Aldine Westfield Rd.
    Humble, Texas 77338-1071

  • Specialty

    Geography: U.S., especially southeastern Texas; Mexico

  • Notes

    Updated September 2022 (general update). SBSC is a facility of Spring Branch Independent School District. In October 2016, the SBSC herbarium, botanical library and illustration collections were transferred to the Mercer Botanic Gardens as a long-term loan. Physical transfer of the SBSC collections was completed spring 2017 and the collections are available to researchers. Digitization of the SBSC collections is underway via NSF grant 1902078. Mercer Botanic Gardens provides citizen scientist training programs including the Texas Master Gardener, Texas Master Naturalist, Texas Invaders, Native Plant Society of Texas, and RBG Kew Millennium Seed Bank Training programs. The MERCA and SBSC herbarium collections support these education programs and facilitate training of herbarium volunteers. Mercer Botanic Gardens is a participating institution of The Center for Plant Conservation (headquartered at San Diego Zoo Global); is an affiliate of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center; and is a member of the American Public Gardens Association and Botanic Gardens Conservation International.

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  • Associated Institution

    Associated garden: Robert A. Vines Science Center Arboretum; Mercer Botanic Gardens

  • Important Collectors

    R. A. Vines, L.E. Brown