The members of the network are botanical gardens and arboreta that holds documented collections of living plants for the purposes of scientific research, conservation, outreach and education.
Requirements to be part of the network include membership in Botanic Garden Conservation International (BGCI) and from 2021 to be accredited by BGCI as a botanic garden.
The Swedish botanical gardens meet yearly and collaborate to form strategies and policies in accordance with national legislation and international guidelines and conventions. Other forms of collaboration include plant material, plant management systems, practical management, teaching and conservation. SNBG is represented in the Program for Diversity of Cultivated Plants (POM) and European Botanic Garden Consortium (EBGC).