Nezahat Gokyigit Botanic Garden

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Turkey - Istanbul

Institution Code: TEMA

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

About the Nezahat Gokyigit Botanic Garden

Privately funded (ANG Foundation) Botanic Garden in a motorway intersection. Parcels of land connected by tunnels or foot bridges. Situated on the Asian side of Istanbul in a rapidly developing residential area.

NGBB is the central hub for Turkish floristic studies. Checklist of vascular plants published 2012. New Illustrated Flora of Turkey Volume 1 and 2 published 2014, 2018. Checklist of Bryophytes(2017), Checklist of Lichens(2017), Checklist of Algea(2019) and Checklist of Fungi(2020) published. Bacteria list studies continue. Botanical illustration courses, horticultural training (certificate in practical horticulture).

Large Turkish geophyte collection. Children's garden. Schools programmes. A lake representing Bosphorus. Amphitheatre. 18cent. mansion garden. The Istanbul island is opened in 2010. Arboretum in 2011, Oak collection in 2014. Anatolian island is opened in 2015. Thrace island is opened in 2016.

Plant Collections: medicinal, aromatic, edible and dye plants, dry and halophytic, crevice and rock gardens, geophytes, woody plants, Turkish native and endemic species.

Correspondence Address: Ali Nihat Gökyiğit Vakfı, Kültür Mahallesi, Budak Sokak, Tekfen Sitesi, A Blok No:7, 34340, Beşiktaş, Istanbul, Türkiye

Main Address:
Nezahat Gokyigit Botanic Garden
Atatürk Mahallesi, Ataşehir Bulvarı
Rıfat Danışman Sokak
34758 Turkey

Telephone: +90 (216) 456 4437
Fax: +90 (216) 456 4438
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Prof. Dr. Adil Güner
    Curator's Name:
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Salih Sercan Kanoglu
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 25
    Educational Staff Number: 3
    Research Staff Number: 6
    Administration Staff Number: 2

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: Yes
  • Date founded: 1995
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 16 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 30 Hectares
  • Total Area: 46 Hectares
    Latitude: 40.992976
    Longitude: 29.115465
    Altitude: 90.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 494 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 1181 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Nezahat Gökyiğit Botanik Bahçesi
  • Local Address: Ataşehir
  • Locality: City: Istanbul
  • Locality: State:

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 16000
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 10
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 197540
    Number of Volunteers: 176

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 12000
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 2614
  • Special Collections:Medicinal, aromatic, edible and dye plants, dry and halophytic, crevice and rock gardens, geophytes, woody plants, Turkish native and endemic species.

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 - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Education: 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: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Sustainability: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: No

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
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes