Kaunas Botanical Garden

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Lithuania - KAUNAS

Institution Code: KAUN

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: Yes

Kaunas Botanical Garden of Vytautas Magnus University
Kaunas Botanical Garden of Vytautas Magnus University

About the Kaunas Botanical Garden

Kaunas Botanical Garden (KBG) was founded in 1923 as the centre of botanical sciences that belonged to Lithuanian (later Vytautas Magnus) University. The spacious green area with the old park, picturesque ponds and several buildings of the former estate of Juozapas Godlevskis (Aukštosios Fredos's estate) was provided for establishing KBG at that time. Professor Konstantin Regel from Tartu University was invited to direct KBG. The detailed project for the KBG landscape was made in 1924 by architect Karol Rauth from Hanover. With the help of other Botanical gardens, especially Berlin’s Dahlem, Konigsberg and St. Petersburg’s Kaunas Botanical Garden built up very rapidly. The construction of the Greenhouse was finished in 1938.
Presently, VMU KBG occupies the area of 62.5 ha close to the city centre. KBG is multifunctional university botanical garden that consists of two departments: Collection department, Department of Services and innovations. Collection department is comprised of four sectors (Medicinal plants, Dendrology, Pomology, Floriculture), Plant systematics and Phytopathology groups.
The unique feature of this garden is peaceful and green environment created by an advantageous combination of cultural and natural heritage. Botanical expositions and collections, the Greenhouse, big landscape park with an interesting pond system – this is not the only place for plant conservation and research but also the area for all modern forms of interactive education, cultural tourism and community use. Children Science Laboratory "NSO laboratory" implements a popular interactive program for informal education and science communication. KBG accepts more than 85 thousand visitors per year.

Main Address:
Kaunas Botanical Garden
Vytautas Magnus University
Ž. E. Žilibero 6
46324 Lithuania

Telephone: +370 37 390033
Fax: +370 37 390133
URL: http://botanika.vdu.lt
Primary Email: bs@vdu.lt

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr. Nerijus Jurkonis
    Curator's Name: Dr. Arunas Balsevicius
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Ricardas Narijauskas
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 18
    Educational Staff Number: 3
    Research Staff Number: 8
    Administration Staff Number: 3

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1923
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 10 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 30 Hectares
  • Total Area: 63 Hectares
    Latitude: 54.8968
    Longitude: 23.8924
    Annual Rainfall: 650 mm
    Altitude: 73.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 800 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Vaišnoriškės Botanical station, Utenos reg.
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: VDU Kauno botanikos sodas
  • Local Address: Ž. E. Žilibero gatvė 6, 46324
  • Locality: City: Kaunas
  • Locality: State:

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 10000
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 20
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 85000
    Number of Volunteers: 16

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 13822
  • Special Collections:Rosa - 1537, Dahlia - 1102, Tulipa - 638, Hemerocallis - 444, Plox - 195, Paeonia - 294, Hosta - 252, Lilium - 228, Astilbe - 184, Aster - 127 collection numbers.
  • Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes