The Living Collection supports the Garden’s programs in horticulture, conservation, education and research. All elements of the Living Collection have biological, horticultural, educational, historical, cultural, research, and/or conservation content and value. Collectively, and individually, the Living Collection forms RSABG’s garden and as such has aesthetic, intrinsic, historic and cultural value. The Living Collection documents natural variation among plants as well as the geographic and ecological distribution of plants. The Living Collection is the living counterpart to the Herbarium Collection.