Geografisch Arboretum Tervuren

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Belgium - Tervuren

Institution Code: OVERI

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

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About the Geografisch Arboretum Tervuren

The Geographical Arboretum of Tervuren features over 450 species of trees and shrubs grouped in 40 sections, each representing a forest type or regional vegetation association of the northern hemisphere (North America, Europe, Middle East, Far East). The collection is exceptionally well arranged in a splendid landscape park, covering 100 hectares of the Capucines Wood, adjacent to the Zonien Forest at the south of Brussels. The arboretum was founded on initiative of king Leopold II in 1902 and today still makes up one of the most attractive parts of the patrimonium that the king donated to the Belgian state and public one year later.

Main Address:
Geografisch Arboretum Tervuren
Beheer van de Koninklijke Schenking
Eikestraat 102-104
B-3080 Belgium

Telephone: 32 (0)475 914 700
URL: (not an official site)
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Patrick Huvenne
    Curator's Name: Marc Van Hummelen and Wilfried Emmerechts
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Marc Van Hummelen and Wilfried Emmerechts
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 4
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number: 1
    Administration Staff Number: 1

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Trust: Yes
  • Date founded: 1902
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 350 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 100 Hectares
  • Total Area: 350 Hectares
    Latitude: 50.8000
    Longitude: 4.4833
    Annual Rainfall: 780 mm
    Altitude: 100.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 100
  • Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes

Plant Collections

  • Cultivation Taxa Num: 470
  • Special Collections:40 Sections, each representing a vegetation assocation of a region in the northern hemisphere :

    1 Alaska
    2 British Columbia
    3 Cascade Mountains
    4 Coastal Range Oregon
    5 Coastal Range California
    6 Olympic Peninsula
    7 Sierra Nevada
    8 Rocky Mountains Montana
    9 Rocky Mountains Colorado
    10 Andes Range Chili
    11 Canadian Northern Territories
    12 New Brunswick
    13 Ontario
    14 Pennsylvania
    15 Apalachees
    16 Lower Ohio River
    17 Tennesse and Alabama
    18 New Hampshire
    19 New Jersey
    20 North Carolina

    Europe and Asea
    21 Slowakia
    22 Western Alps
    23 South of Sweden
    24 East of Germany
    25 Kola Peninsula
    26 Kroatia
    27 Greece
    28 Corsica - Basses Cevennes France
    29 Spain - Serriana de Ronda
    30 Algeria - Babor Mountains
    31 Turky - Taurus Mountains
    32 Western Kaukasus
    33 Noth of Iran
    34 West of Nepal - Himalaya
    35 South Siberia - Altai Mountains
    36 Mandshuria - Sachalin Isle
    37 China
    38 Japan - Fuji Mountain
    39 Japan - Honshu Isle
    40 Japan - Hokkaido Isle

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Plant Breeding: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Urban Environments: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Guided Tours: Yes