Pretoria National Botanical Garden

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South Africa - Gauteng - Pretoria

Institution Code: PRE

BGCI Member: Yes

About the Pretoria National Botanical Garden

Parastatal organisation (SANBI) under the national Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA)

This 76 ha urban oasis is a pristine getaway a mere stone's throw away from the madding crowd. The Pretoria National Botanical Garden, founded in 1946, is home to the Head Office of SANBI. This Garden successfully bridges the divide between scientific research and the recreational environment. Read more about its history.

Main Address:
Pretoria National Botanical Garden
South African National Biodiversity Institute
Private Bag X101, PRETORIA 0001, South Africa.
Gauteng South Africa

Telephone: +27 (0)12 843 5194
Fax: +27 (0)12 804 3166
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Mr Christopher Willis
    Curator's Name: Mr Alec Naidoo (Acting)
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 2
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1958
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 33 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 43 Hectares
  • Total Area: 76 Hectares
    Latitude: -25.7389
    Longitude: 28.2721
    Annual Rainfall: 750 mm
    Altitude: 1.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name:
  • Local Address: 2 Cussonia Avenue Brummeria Pretoria
  • Locality: City:
  • Locality: State:

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 1
    Arboretum: Yes
  • Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 158000

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:A small area of the Garden (approximately 20%) is of natural vegetation of Bankenveld veld-type, with dominant plants: Ochna pulchra, Strychnos spinosa and Englerophytum magalismontanum. 98% of the plant collections are of indigenous species.Desmond Cole Lithops Collection, Aloe reitzii var. reitzii

Conservation Programmes

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

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Exploration: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: 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
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes