The Harris Garden

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United Kingdom - Reading

Institution Code: RNG

BGCI Member: No

About the The Harris Garden

TAXA: 1,600 (5,000 accessions, 25,000 plants)

Main Address:
The Harris Garden
University of Reading
Whiteknights Campus
RG6 6UR United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)118 378 8312
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Rupert Taylor, Head of Grounds Maintenance
    Curator's Name: Dr Alastair Culham
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Trevor Pitman
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 6
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Date founded: 1972
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 3 Hectares
    Latitude: 51.437512
    Longitude: -0.938189
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 2000 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 250000
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 500
    Number of Volunteers: 12

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:Umbelliferae, Compositae of wild provenance, Iridaceae, Liliaceae, Amaryllidaceae, Geraniaceae, Crassulaceae, Labiatae, Fagaceae, Scrophulariaceae, Palmae, Asclepiadaceae, Droseraceae, Nepenthaceae, Sarraceniaceae, Lentibulariaceae, Leguminosae, Pinaceae.

Conservation Programmes

  • Medicinal Plant Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Pharmacology: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Guided Tours: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes