Taipei Botanical Garden

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Taiwan, China - Taipei City

Institution Code: TAIF

BGCI Member: Yes

About the Taipei Botanical Garden

The Taipei Botanic Garden was first built as a nursery (Taipei Nursery) in 1896 during the Japanese colonial period. It was later expanded and renamed Taipei Botanical Garden in 1921 and became the first botanical garden in Taiwan. The garden was reassigned to be under the management of Taiwan Forestry Research Institute after the WWII.

The Garden occupies 8.2 hectares which contains the gardens of Gymnosperms, Ferns, Taxonomic Garden, Ethno-plants, Aquatic plants, Lotus pond, Taiwan Indigenous Plant Display Area and other theme exhibition sites with a collection of more than 2,000 plant species. It has become one of the most important institute for the research and educational resource for plants in Taiwan.

Taipei Botanical Garden also happens to be an unearthed cultural relic of the old Taipei Lake. Around 4,500 years ago, the lake became habitable land, and human activities started to take place in the area. The abundant cultural remnants left behind makes the botanical garden an important archeological site in Taiwan.
In addition, there are two historic monuments in the garden - the Herbarium and Museum of Imperial Envoy Lodging (formerly known as the Guest House of Imperial Envoys). The Herbarium was built in 1924 and was the first herbarium in Taiwan. The worldwide plant specimens collection dated back from the last century along with abundant living plants makes the garden a precious place in Taiwan. The Guest House of Imperial Envoys was built in 1888 at the location of the Taipei Zhongshan Hall. It was relocated to the current site in 1933.

Main Address:
Taipei Botanical Garden
Botanical Garden Division, Taiwan Forestry Research Institute
53, Nanhai Road
Taipei City
10066 Taiwan, China

Telephone: 886 2 23039978 ext. 2701
Fax: 886 2 23076220
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Mr. Bin Chang
    Curator's Name: Dr. Su-Wei Fan
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Ms. Shu-Hui Wu
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 15
    Educational Staff Number: 4
    Research Staff Number: 18
    Administration Staff Number: 7

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1896
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: No
  • Total Area: 8 Hectares
    Latitude: 25.0618
    Longitude: 121.5475
    Annual Rainfall: 2800 mm
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: 台北植物園
  • Local Address: 南海路53號
  • Locality: City: 台北市
  • Locality: State: 台灣

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 500000
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Yes
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 1500000
    Number of Volunteers: 190

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 5000
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 1221
  • Special Collections:Economic trees and tropical to subtropical plants.

Conservation Programmes

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

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Molecular Genetics: Yes
    Pollination Biology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: 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
    Education Programme: Yes