University of Oslo Botanical Garden

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Norway - Oslo

Institution Code: O

BGCI Member: No

Photo: Guri Dahl.
Photo: Guri Dahl.

About the University of Oslo Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden is part of the Natural History Museum of the University of Oslo. It was founded in 1814 and is the oldest scientific garden in Norway. Through research, education and plant conservation, the garden seeks to increase public awareness of the importance of plant diversity. The plant collections contain approximately 5500 species and cultivars.

Main Address:
University of Oslo Botanical Garden
Natural History Museum
P.O. Box 1172 Blindern
NO-0318 Norway

Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Oddmund Fostad
    Curator's Name: Finn Ervik, Oddmund Fostad, Anneleen Kool, Øystein Lofthus, Linn Gjellesvik Andresen
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 12
    Educational Staff Number: 2
    Research Staff Number: 1
    Administration Staff Number: 3

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1814
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: No
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 15 Hectares
  • Total Area: 15 Hectares
    Latitude: 59.9186
    Longitude: 10.7706
    Annual Rainfall: 740 mm
    Altitude: 25.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Botanisk hage Naturhistorisk museum Universitetet i Oslo
  • Local Address: (Visiting address) Sars' gt. 1
  • Locality: City: Oslo
  • Locality: State:

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 1000000
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 15
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 709000

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 9600
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 5500
  • Special Collections:
    The Systematic Garden demonstrates family relationships among plants and is frequently used for educational purposes. It was replanted following APG IV in 2017.
    The Arboretum contains Scandinavian trees and shrubs, but also many species that are exotic and rare on our latitudes.
    The Herb Garden contains a wide variety of plants that are used by mankind for many purposes, such as dyes, fibres, medicinal plants, spices, vegetables, fruits and cereals. The plants here are organically grown.
    The Rock Garden is a miniature mountain landscape of ridges and rocky outcrops surrounded be grassy slopes. A meandering creek, ending in a waterfall and a pond, contributes to its attractiveness. This garden contains alpine plants from all over the world. The Scandinavian Ridge was established here in 2014 and shows different types of Scandinavian rocks together with the plants that grow on them.
    The Oslo Ridge shows some of the most characteristic plants of the dry limestone slopes in the surroundings of the Oslo fjord. Furthermore, endangered species from the Oslofjord area are conserved ex situ here.
    Redlisted/blacklisted plants Endangered Norwegian plants and invasive plants that pose a threat to native vegetation are found in our demonstration area.
    The Aromatic Garden is specially designed for visually impaired (labels in Braille) and wheelchair users (raised beds).
    Great-granny's Garden is a living archive of old ornamentals from gardens in the eastern part of Norway. Many of these plants are no longer commercially available. Great-granny's garden is designed as a sensory garden for people suffering from dementia.
    The Viking Garden was established in 2014. Here you can learn about the plants, rocks and animals that were important in daily life during the Viking Age.
    The Willow Garden, established in 2014, is an area where children can play in structures made out of living willow.
    The greenhouses were built in 1868 and 1876. Both buildings are protected by the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. The Palm House contains an Evolution Room, a Desert Room and a Mediterranean Room. The Victoria House was specially designed for the giant waterlily of the Amazonas, but also contains many other tropical plants.
  • Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

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

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Genetics: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Molecular Genetics: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Pharmacology: Yes
    Urban Environments: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    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