Wellington Botanic Garden

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New Zealand - Wellington

Institution Code: WELTN

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

Wellington Botanic Garden - Main Garden, Stonebridge Gully
Wellington Botanic Garden - Main Garden, Stonebridge Gully

About the Wellington Botanic Garden

Exceptional blend of native bush, exotic trees, plant collections and stunning seasonal floral bedding displays – including 25,000 tulips in spring. Check out the award-winning Lady Norwood Rose Garden, the Begonia House conservatory tropical and temperate areas, succulent, fragrant and herb gardens, duck pond, historic conifer collection, sculpture walk, Peace Flame garden and a heritage rose collection in the adjacent Bolton Street Memorial Park. Set in a landscape of steep topography, views of the city and garden are exquisite. The Treehouse Visitor Centre offers garden information and exhibits, and a gift shop and Picnic café are located in the Begonia House. Otari Wilton's Bush is New Zealand's only native botanic garden and consists of 75ha of indigenous forest and 25ha of landscaped areas containing native threatened species

Main Address:
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington City Council
P.O. Box 2199
6012 New Zealand

Telephone: 64 4 499 1400
Fax: 64 4 499 1903
URL: www.wellington.govt.nz
Primary Email: treehouse@wcc.govt.nz

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: David Sole
    Curator's Name: Karin van der Walt
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Eleanor Burton
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 19
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 6

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: Yes
    Status: Satellite: Yes
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1868
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 100 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 30 Hectares
  • Total Area: 130 Hectares
    Latitude: -41.28316
    Longitude: 174.76745
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Truby King Park. This park, once the house and garden of Sir Truby and Lady Isabella King, Plunket Society co-founders, is a 1.9 hectare heritage-listed estate. Designed by prominent local architect Gray Young, the 1923 house has New Zealand Historic Places Trust and Wellington City Council heritage listings. The house and garden were originally known as ‘Mount Melrose’. The remainder of the estate, including the former Karitane Products Society factory and Karitane Hospital, is now owned privately. Truby King was an avid gardener in later life, planting many pines, rhododendrons, azaleas and roses, and building elaborate brickwork structures
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name:
  • Local Address: 101 Glenmore Street
  • Locality: City:
  • Locality: State:

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: Yes
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 1500000

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:Herbs, camellias, modern and heritage roses, conifers, begonias, cacti and succulents, ferns, perennials, grasses, native streamside, woodland gardens, red garden, floral bedding, native and exotic trees and NZ forest areas.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Plant Breeding: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: No
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: Yes
    Urban Environments: 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