University of Turku - Botanic Garden

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Finland - Turku

Institution Code: TUR

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: Yes

Education and joy in the treasure chest of the botanical world.
Education and joy in the treasure chest of the botanical world.

About the University of Turku - Botanic Garden

The Botanic Garden of the University of Turku was founded in 1924 in Iso-Heikkila, Turku, and moved to its present location in Ruissalo in 1956. The new greenhouses (SILMU) were finished in 1998.

The greenhouses offer a journey to the Earth's different climate zones. On your journey you'll experience the heat and scents of the tropical houses, and see species ranging from tiny groundcover plants to the highest trees of the rainforest. Ornamental and useful subtropical plants bring a breath of Mediterranean air and the drought-resistant plants of the succulent house surprise with their ability to adapt. In the outdoor gardens you will see flowering plants from April to November. The mild winters of the southwestern coast allow some exotic species to thrive.

The landscape of the garden changes with the seasons, noticeably so in the autumn when the leaves change colour. The glorious colours of the annual plants transport the observer to more sunny climates. The garden of useful plants yields ideas to the home gardener.

There are 6 greenhouses: Cactus & Succulents, Araucaria, Neotropics, Palaeotropics, Mediterranean climate, Winter garden and outdoor garden is 24 hectares.

Scientists have access to research fields, greenhouses and laboratories which are suitable for a large variety of basic and applied biological research. The largest research fields of the outdoor garden are for research on birches.

Main Address:
University of Turku - Botanic Garden
Ruissalon puistotie 215
FI-20100 Finland

Telephone: +358 50 4090151 (Office)
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Ilari Saaksjarvi
    Curator's Name:
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Mrs. Merja Kastu
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 6
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number:
    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: 1924
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 2 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 10 Hectares
  • Total Area: 24 Hectares
    Latitude: 60.4514
    Longitude: 22.2687
    Annual Rainfall: 661 mm
    Altitude: 5.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 1000 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Turun yliopiston kasvitieteellinen puutarha
  • Local Address: Ruissalon puistotie 215
  • Locality: City: Turku
  • Locality: State:

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 7
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Yes
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 54000

Plant Collections

  • Cultivation Taxa Num: 5000
  • Special Collections:Native and exotic trees and shrubs. Research collections of Betula, greenhouse collections.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: No
    ABS Policy: No
    Plant Collection Policy: No

Conservation Programmes

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

Research Programmes

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

Education Programmes

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