North-West University Botanical Garden

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South Africa - North West - Potchefstroom

Institution Code: PUC

BGCI Member: Yes

NWU Botanical Garden, February 2011
NWU Botanical Garden, February 2011

About the North-West University Botanical Garden

The NWU Botanical Garden is situated adjacent to the Potchefstroom campus of the North-West University. It covers an area of almost 3 hectares. Most of the plants in the Botanical Garden are indigenous with the exception of a few exotic plants which are of botanical or medicinal interest. A section of the garden, around a man-made ridge, is managed as a natural field garden while the rest of the garden is more intensively managed. A variety of mammals, birds, amphibians and fish made the garden their home in recent years providing a whole new dimension to the Botanical Garden.

The origin of the NWU Botanical Garden dates back to 1962 when Dr. W.J. Louw, a Botany lecturer, developed the garden to supply plant material for Botany practicals. With the arrival of Dr. D.J. Botha in 1971, a Botany lecturer in Systematics, the impetus came to develop a Botanical Garden. During the 1970’s the Botanical Garden flourished under the supervision of Mr. Bert Ubbink, the first horticulturalist and curator. On 24 November 1982 the Botanical Garden was officially opened by Dr. W.J. Louw.

The NWU Botanical Garden is managed by the School of Environmental Sciences and Development of the North-West University. The Botanical Garden fulfills many important functions within the School of Environmental Sciences and Development and the broader community. Key activities of the NWU Botanical Garden:
• Provision of practical material for the training of students.
• Conservation of rare and endangered plants.
• Research and research support.
• Education in the community about relevant environmental issues.

Main Address:
North-West University Botanical Garden
School of Environmental Sciences and Development
North-West University
North West 2531 South Africa

Telephone: +27 18 299 2753
Fax: +27 18 299 2503
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Huib van Hamburg
    Curator's Name: Chris van Niekerk
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 5
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number:

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: 1962
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
  • Total Area: 3 Hectares
    Latitude: -26.683082
    Longitude: 27.09546
    Annual Rainfall: 767 mm
    Altitude: 1343.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 150 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 40 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Noordwes Universiteit Botaniese Tuin
  • Local Address: North-West University Botanical Garden, Calderbank Avenue Potchefstroom
  • Locality: City: Potchefstroom
  • Locality: State: North West Province

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 30000
    Arboretum: No
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: No
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes

Plant Collections

  • Invasive Species Monitoring: No
    Invasive Species Policy: No
    ABS Policy: No
    Plant Collection Policy: No

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

Education Programmes

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