Botanical Garden of the University of Latvia, The

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Latvia - Riga

Institution Code: RIGG

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: No

The garden in Riga has an extensive collection of dahlia cultivars
The garden in Riga has an extensive collection of dahlia cultivars

About the Botanical Garden of the University of Latvia, The

The University of Latvia Botanic Garden dates back to 1922 and is the oldest botanic garden in Latvia. Extending over 15 hectares it is part of Riga’s green landscape, containing 5,400 different plants. When Latvia was part of the Soviet Union (1940-1991), the work of all botanic gardens was coordinated by the USSR Council of Botanical Garden. The Council established a common scientific theme ‘Introduction and Acclimatisation of Plants’, resulting in the University of Latvia botanic garden carrying out the introduction, selection and biological study of economically valuable plants. As well as agricultural plants, these were mostly fruit and decorative plants. Notable achievements were made in the selection of peaches and apricots suitable for Latvia’s agro-climatic conditions and the introduction, selection and physiological study of rhododendrons.

Main Address:
Botanical Garden of the University of Latvia, The
2 Kandavas Street
LV-1083 Latvia

Telephone: +371 67450852
Fax: +371 67450852
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Anta Sparinska
    Curator's Name: Inese Martena, Signe Tomsone (Deputy Directors)
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Andris Orehovs
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 26
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number: 6
    Administration Staff Number: 4

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1922
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: No
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 15 Hectares
  • Total Area: 15 Hectares
    Latitude: 56.9533
    Longitude: 24.0387
    Altitude: 8.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 1025 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 45 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: No
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Latvijas Universitātes Botāniskais dārzs
  • Local Address: Kandavas iela 2
  • Locality: City: Rīga
  • Locality: State: Latvija

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 9
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 43000
    Number of Volunteers: 6

Plant Collections

  • Cultivation Taxa Num: 5400
  • Special Collections:Trees and shrubs (755 taxa), tropical and subtropical plants under glass (1660 taxa), ornamental herbaceous plants in display gardens (1990 taxa).

    The most important collections in the garden include azaleas, rhododendrons, magnolia, apricots and peaches, dahlias, roses and hardy perennials. These are displayed both outside and inside the plant houses. As well as glasshouses, within the boundaries of the garden are four wooden buildings dating back to the 18th and 19th Century which are of architectural and state importance. Also housed was the first ever observation station of artificial earth satellites in the USSR, which now belongs to the Institute of Astronomy.

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: Yes
    Plant Breeding: No
    Conservation - Biology: No
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: No
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Exploration: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: No
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: No
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: No
    Sustainability: Yes
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: No
    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: No