Real Jardín Botánico Juan Carlos I

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Spain - Madrid - Alcalá de Henares

Institution Code: ALCA

BGCI Member: Yes

About the Real Jardín Botánico Juan Carlos I

The Juan Carlos I Royal Botanic Gardens is a Botanical Garden dedicated to research, conservation and divulgation of flora and environment and belonge to the University of Alcalá. It began in 1991 on an area of 26 hectares in the external campus of the University. The flora is represented in the following exhibition areas: World Flora, Iberian Flora, Regional Flora and Special Collections. Parallel has worked hard on bringing all spaces and collections from the beginning to optimize their didactic use. It is an experimental and educational resource for the university community.

Main Address:
Real Jardín Botánico Juan Carlos I
Campus de la Universidad de Alcala
Alcalá de Henares
Madrid E -28805 Spain

Telephone: 34 91 885 64 06
Fax: 34 91 885 49 93
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Manuel Peinado
    Curator's Name: Beatriz González Domínguez
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 23
    Educational Staff Number: 2
    Research Staff Number: 4
    Administration Staff Number: 4

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1991
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 26 Hectares
    Latitude: 40.504167
    Longitude: -3.342071
    Annual Rainfall: 418 mm
    Altitude: 595.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 1500 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 810 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Real Jardin Botanico Juan Carlos I, Alcalá de Henares
  • Locality: Information
  • Local Address: Campus de la Universidad de Alcalá 28805 ALCALÁ DE HENARES (Madrid)Spain
  • Locality: City: Alcalá de Henares
  • Locality: State: Madrid

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 7
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    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: 6000
    Number of Volunteers: 4

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 35000
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 7500
  • Special Collections:TAXONOMICAL GARDEN (1400 species cultivated to the open air from the five continents), IBERIAN ARBORETUM (170 species of trees and shrubs from the Iberian Peninsula), ARBORETUM OF CONIFERS (280 species of trees and shrubs of this group, including cycads), ARBORETUM OF EXOTIC PLANTS (560 trees and shrubs exotic and ornamental), ROSE GARDEN (550 some are species and most of the rest are hybrid of tea), CRASSULETUM (3400 cactus and succulent plants cultivated in hothouse),TROPICARIUM (750 species of tropical plants cultivated in greenhouse, among those are 250 types of orchids), REGIONAL FLORA (800 species of the flora from Madrid and Guadalajara), ECOLOGIC VEGETABLE GARDEN (200 varieties of permanent and seasonal cultures).

    RESEARCH AND TESTING AREAS: Including an experimental area, close to the garden, of 30 Ha forested with native vegetation.
  • Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Sustainability: Yes
    Agriculture: Yes
    Urban Environments: No

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