Botanischer Garten der Universitaet Zurich

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Institution Code: Z

BGCI Member: Yes

Public glasshouses in the Zurich University Botanical Garden with a  grass mixed border
Public glasshouses in the Zurich University Botanical Garden with a grass mixed border

About the Botanischer Garten der Universitaet Zurich

Welcome to the Botanic Gardens of the University of Zurich.

The Botanic Garden of the University of Zurich, part of the Institute of Systematic Botany, serves research, teaching, public education and recreation. About 9’000 plant species are cultivated on the grounds. A special goal is to have a good representation of world wide plant diversity, European plants, and special collections, which are built up and maintained by research groups, such as water plants and primitive flowering plants. The new Botanic Garden was established in 1976. The small old Botanic Garden is still maintained as a public park in the centre of the town.

Main Address:
Botanischer Garten der Universitaet Zurich
Zollikerstrasse 107
ZH 8008 Switzerland

Telephone: +41 (0)44 634 84 11
Fax: +41 (0)44 634 84 04
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Prof. Dr. Florian Schiestl
    Curator's Name: Peter ENZ
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Verena Berchtold
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 18
    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: 1977
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: No
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 6 Hectares
  • Total Area: 6 Hectares
    Latitude: 47.3575
    Longitude: 8.5622
    Annual Rainfall: 1200 mm
    Altitude: 436.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 2143 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Old University Botanic Garden additional 1.8 ha 414 m asl (Alter Botanischer Garten der Universität, "Park zur Katz") in the center of town. Mainly Arboretum with mediavel herbgarden dedicated to Conrad Gessner 1564 † and historic glasshouse from 1874.
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Botanischer Garten der Universität Zürich
  • Local Address: Zollikerstr. 107
  • Locality: City: 8008 Zürich
  • Locality: State: ZH

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 3500000
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 2
  • 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: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 130000
    Number of Volunteers: 15

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 10647
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 2090
  • Special Collections:glasshouses with tropical, subtropical and savannah climat, orchids, ferns, insectivorous plants, aquatics, useful plants (herbs, medicinal, dye, fibres, oils, bees, etc) rockgarden, treecollection, southern hemisphere plants
  • ABS Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    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: No
    Ecosystem Conservation: No
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Exploration: Yes
    Floristics: No
    Horticulture: No
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: Yes
    Restoration Ecology: No
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Sustainability: No
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: 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: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes