Royal Botanical Garden, Serbithang

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Institution Code: THIMP

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: Yes

About the Royal Botanical Garden, Serbithang

The Royal Botanical Garden, Serbithang was established in 1999 under National Biodiversity Centre, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Serbitang as an ex-situ plant conservation area and to commemorate the Silver Jubilee Celebration of the 4th King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck.

The primary functions of the Royal Botanical Garden are to:

i. Serve as the living repository of plant genetic diversity for ex situ conservation and research.
ii. Serve as a rescue centre for rare and threatened native floral species (prioritized native floral species).
iii. Promote propagation of prioritized native plants species to reduce pressures on collection from the wild and to ensure their sustainable use.
iv. Implement mass propagation of prioritized native flora for restorations programs and commercialization to encourage house hold cultivation and conservation.
v. Provide technical services and training in plant propagation techniques to community-based groups and other interested stakeholders.
vi. Provide technical service in community beautification and greening projects.
vii. Implement targeted biodiversity education programs.
viii. Promote and manage garden volunteer programs.
ix. Participate in floral diversity documentation programs.
x. Promote regional and international linkages for effective conservation and management of native plant species.

Main Address:
Royal Botanical Garden, Serbithang
National Biodiversity Program, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests
P.O. Box 875
Thimphu 00975 Bhutan

Telephone: +00 975-2-351417/351218
Fax: +00 975-2-351219
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr. Tashi Yangzome Dorji
    Curator's Name: Mrs. Sangay Dema
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Nima Gyeltshen
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 1
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number: 1
    Administration Staff Number: 2

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: 1999
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 9 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 5 Hectares
  • Total Area: 14 Hectares
    Latitude: 27.4405
    Longitude: 89.6730
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name:
  • Local Address: Serbithang
  • Locality: City: Thimphu
  • Locality: State: Thimphu

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 10000
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 9
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: No
  • Number of Visitors: 3000
    Number of Volunteers: 2

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 1500
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 400
  • Special Collections:Native and exotic trees, shrubs and herbs.The highest diversity is in Orchid group with over 200 species
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: No
    ABS Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: No

Conservation Programmes

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

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: Yes
    Plant Breeding: No
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Exploration: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Sustainability: Yes
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: Yes
    Urban Environments: 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: No
    Special Exhibitions: No
    Courses for School Children: No
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: No
    Education Programme: Yes