National Botanic Gardens Foundation

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Seychelles - Mahe

Institution Code: MAHE

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: No

About the National Botanic Gardens Foundation

The Botanical Garden is over 100 years old and is located in the heart of Victoria. It was set up as an experimental garden for crop species during colonial times. However, the functions changed over time and today the garden is used as a park where visitors could enjoy a century of existence.

The Biodiversity Centre on the other hand has been set up with the aim to conserve and propagate our local flora. Visitors will have the opportunity to discover the myriad of plants present in the diferent ecosystem of the Seychelles.

Main Address:
National Botanic Gardens Foundation
P.O Box 148, Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles

Telephone: 248 4295300
Fax: 248 4295305
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Mr. Raymond Brioche
    Curator's Name: Mr. Peter Estico
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Mr. Collin Barreau
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 41
    Educational Staff Number: 2
    Research Staff Number: 1
    Administration Staff Number: 11

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Satellite: Yes
  • Date founded: 1901
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
  • Total Area: 6 Hectares
    Latitude: -4.6844
    Longitude: 55.4503
    Annual Rainfall: 2000 mm
    Altitude: 30.00 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Biodiversity Centre

Features and Facilities

  • Arboretum: Yes
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 26000
    Number of Volunteers: 7

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 500
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 150
  • Special Collections:A good collection of native plants (Biodiversity Centre) and a good collection of plants collected by the founder of the garden which has historical significance.Over 60% of the Seychelles endemic flowering plants from the granitic island being grown. A further 20% are in trial in the propagation house.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes

Conservation Programmes

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

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Ecology: No
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: No
    Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: No
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Land Restoration: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Courses for School Children: No
    Education Programme: Yes