National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi Botanic Garden

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Institution Code: NAIRM

BGCI Member: No

Gateway to Nairobi Botanic Garden
Gateway to Nairobi Botanic Garden

About the National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi Botanic Garden

In 1995, consultants from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and staff of the National Museums of Kenya, proposed to establish Nairobi Botanic Garden at the Museum hill. Situated some 1.5 Km from the city centre, the garden overlooks Nairobi city. The garden aims to enhance learning of plant science by using habitat and systematic displays. Hard landscaping commenced in 1996, with the plant display house, a nursery and 2 Orchid houses. Seventeen thematic displays were proposed, ten themes are ready and work is still going on in the rest. As a visitor you will explore the ethno-botany and economic uses of plants on display. You will also learn about threats to plants their values, their habitats and techniquess in plant conservation.

Main Address:
National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi Botanic Garden
P.O.Box 40658, NAIROBI, Kenya.
00100 Kenya

Telephone: 254 02 742131/4, 742161/4
Fax: 254 741424
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Mr William Wambugu
    Curator's Name: Mr William Wambugu
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Agnes Lusweti
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 7
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number: 2
    Administration Staff Number: 1

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1995
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 1 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 3 Hectares
  • Total Area: 4 Hectares
    Latitude: -1.2743
    Longitude: 36.8131
    Annual Rainfall: 900 mm
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 1000000
  • Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 30000
    Number of Volunteers: 2

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 2150
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 700
  • Special Collections:Succulents, orchids, palms, cycads, grass, climbers and trees. About 2150 accessions belonging to 700 taxa. Maintains a seed bank with long-term storage capacity. Contains 17 accessions representing 6 species (1994 figures).
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: No
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

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

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Molecular Genetics: Yes
    Pollination Biology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Sustainability: Yes
    Pharmacology: Yes
    Agriculture: Yes
    Urban Environments: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: No
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes