The Virginia Commonwealth University herbarium is a collection of nearly 17,000 specimens of dried plants representing native and naturalized species primarily from Virginia and the southeastern United States. Faculty within the Department of Biology manage the collection.
The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden herbarium comprises a reference collection of roughly 2,000 specimens of cultivated plants. The collections are housed together at the Central Virginia Herbaria, located in the Education and Library Complex of Lewis Ginterís 30-acre campus in Richmondís Lakeside district. Curators from both organizations coordinate the basic activities of the herbaria, including specimen acquisition, curatorial duties, loans and exchanges. Scientists throughout the state and region use the collections, and research and educational opportunities are available for students and volunteers, including training in plant classification, curating natural history collections and the basics of biodiversity-informatics.