Botanical Garden of Vilnius University

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Lithuania - VILNIUS

Institution Code: WI

BGCI Member: Yes

Japanese and rhododendron gardens
Japanese and rhododendron gardens

About the Botanical Garden of Vilnius University

VU Botanical Garden is the largest in Lithuania(total area is 199 ha) and has the richest plant collection: there are about 10.000 names of plants. About 1/3 of Lithuanian vascular plant species (468) and 120 species of vertebrate animals inhabit territory of the Botanical Garden. The Botanical Garden is also interesting as a heritage site with barrow of 4th-7th centuries, manor with buildings, park and ponds.

Main Address:
Botanical Garden of Vilnius University
Kairenu 43
LT-10239 Lithuania

Telephone: +370 5 219 31 33
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr. Audrius Skridaila
    Curator's Name: Dr. Darius Ryliskis
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Dr. Darius Ryliskis
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 54
    Educational Staff Number: 3
    Research Staff Number: 7
    Administration Staff Number: 17

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1781
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 30 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 70 Hectares
  • Total Area: 199 Hectares
    Latitude: 54.735819
    Longitude: 25.401337
    Annual Rainfall: 700 mm
    Altitude: 188.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Vilniaus universiteto botanikos sodas
  • Local Address: Vilnius, Kairėnų g. 43 LT-10239,
  • Locality: City: Vilnius
  • Locality: State: Lietuva

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 38
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Yes
    Seed Bank: No
    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: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 95000
    Number of Volunteers: 300

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 13223
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 10100
  • Special Collections:Arboretum: Europe, Far East (China, Japan), North America, Siberia.
    Collections: dedroflora, ornamental herbaceous plants, native flora, natural and inducated mutants, indoor plants, pomological.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation 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
    Ecosystem Conservation: No
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Floristics: No
    Horticulture: Yes
    Molecular Genetics: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: 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: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes