UNLV maintains tens of thousands of plants but does not manage each and every tree, shrub, flower, or vine found on campus. Instead, 11 collections of living plants have been recognized for special management. These living collections provide specific educational, research, conservation, and aesthetic opportunities related to arid and semi-arid regions of the world. The plant collections fall into one of five categories.
Collections consist of groups of similar or related plant species, such as acacias or palms.
Groups of plants whose arrangement illustrates principles of landscape architecture and garden design, such as an urban plaza or xeric garden.
Groups of plants organized along themes that do not fit the above categories.
Groups of plants that support a specific program of horticultural, environmental, biological, or other scientific investigation.