Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont has received a $246,497 grant from the National Science Foundation to maintain its herbarium, a museum containing a collection of dried plant specimens. The grant will be used to conserve and increase the collection and will enable technicians to process new acquisitions and a backlog of 60,000 specimens. The herbarium's scientific collection is used as a reference for identification and classification of flowering plants all over the world. It consists of more than 682,000 systematically arranged and mounted dried pollen specimens and more than 71,000 slides of wood sections, pollen and plant tissues. It also contains a seed, cone and wood-block collection. The botanic garden was founded in 1927.