National Botanical Garden of Georgia

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Institution Code: NBGG

BGCI Member: Yes

ArbNet Accredited: Level III

About the National Botanical Garden of Georgia

The National Botanical Garden of Georgia (former Tbilisi Botanical Garden) is a leading research, cultural-educational and nature conservation institution in the country.

The National Botanical Garden (NBGG) has a long history; its predecessor was a royal botanical garden established in the early XVII c in the lower part of r. Tsavkisistskali gorge (frequently referred to as “Leghvtakhevi” – Fig gorge) located south of the historical part of the city. The royal garden collections comprised ornamental and medicinal plants. It was assigned a formal status of botanical garden in 1845.

The NBGG occupies approximately 98 ha. Its terrain is hilly; the lowest altitude is 417 m amsl at the historical quarter of Abanotubani (quarter of bathhouses), the highest altitude – 714 m amsl at village of Shindisi on Tabori ridge. Mean annual air temperature is 17C on the territory of the garden, which exceeds mean annual air temperature of Tbilisi by 0.4; however, the garden provides a cooler environment in July-August (hottest months in Tbilisi). The absolute minimum temperature is -17C in the garden; absolute maximum - 39C. Average annual precipitation comprises 518 mm; relative annual air humidity reaches 77%. The soils found in the garden are diverse; however, the soil is improved on larger part of the garden.

At present the garden collections include over 4,500 species and infraspecific taxa of the flora of the Caucasus and other regions of the world. Apart from the above, the garden supports rich collections of ornamental cultivars.

Fragments of the natural vegetation characteristic to East Georgia are preserved in the NBGG.

A number of historical monuments and landmarks still survive on the territory and in the neighborhood of Tbilisi Botanical Garden such as Narikala fortress, remnants of ancient water pipelines, Queen Tamar’s bridge, etc. Thus, the garden represents a significant site of cultural heritage.

Main Address:
National Botanical Garden of Georgia
1, Botanikuri St.
Georgia 0105 Georgia

Telephone: 995 32 2724306
Fax: 995 32 2723409
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Irine Danelia
    Curator's Name: Dr. Svetlana Khmaladze
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Beqa Berdzenishvili
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 75
    Educational Staff Number: 3
    Research Staff Number: 29
    Administration Staff Number: 7

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: Yes
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1845
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 30 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 68 Hectares
  • Total Area: 98 Hectares
    Latitude: 41.7099
    Longitude: 44.7929
    Annual Rainfall: 518 mm
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 1000 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 400000 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: საქართველოს ეროვნული ბოტანიკური ბაღი
  • Local Address: ბოტანიკური ქ., # 1
  • Locality: City: თბილისი
  • Locality: State: საქართველო

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 40
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: No
  • Number of Visitors: 260000
    Number of Volunteers: 5

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 40000
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 4500
  • Special Collections:Caucasian rare plants, high conservation value plants, ornamentals, medicinal plants, Caucasian woody plants, Eastern Caucasian woody plants, Mediterranean woody plants, East Asian woody plants, North American woody plants, European woody plants.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: No
    ABS Policy: No
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

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

Research Programmes

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

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: No
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: No
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: No
    Education Programme: Yes