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The original McGill College Herbarium was founded in 1856 with a gift of more than 500 plant specimens collected in the Montreal region in the early 1820s by A. F. Holmes, one of the founders and first head of the McGill medical faculty. These records are among the earliest collected in Canada.

McGill Herbarium

About our Collection

The McGill University Herbarium is the oldest research museum of dried plant specimens in Canada. Subarctic orchids, lilies from Ecuador, and medicinal plants gathered from olden day Montreal are but some of the 140,000 botanical treasures showcased at the collection.  McGill staff and students alike have been cataloguing natural history at the herbarium for over a century,  preserving vouchers essential to understanding both past and present patterns of plant biodiversity.