Orto Botanico di Torino

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Institution Code: OBTO

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The Botanical Garden and the building that houses Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology
The Botanical Garden and the building that houses Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology

About the Orto Botanico di Torino

The present day structure of the Turin Botanical Garden is the result of almost 200 years of the activity of many people, that is, directors, researchers and gardeners, who have to different extents left a visible sign of their research activity on the plants and on the distribution of the botanical culture. The Botanical Garden was in fact founded in 1729, on the indications of King Vittorio Amadeo II, as a structure that had the aim of cultivating plants and imparting knowledge on them, and in particular on their appearance, their uses, their origins as well as their ecological and continuous characteristics, and, since then, of conducting its own activities.
At the beginning, the Botanical Garden had no buildings, and it covered an area of about 6800 m2, but then, in 1729, it was enlarged to an area of more than 15,000 m2 and the old part, known as the “garden” was separated by a two-floor building, the ground floor of which was used to house an orangery, while the upper floor was used as a Museum and a Herbarium. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, many different kinds of arboreal species were planted, and the central part of the garden was changed into an “avenue”. The full use of the area that constitutes the entire Botanical Garden dates back to 1831, the year in which the cold greenhouses, organgeries and below-ground level hot houses were built for the cultivation of tropical species. In the same year, a hundred or so arboreal species were planted in the area to the north of the building, which is known as “the Grove”, most of which are still alive, while hillocks were created and canals were dug with the intention of creating a scenic effect. The building was doubled in 1892, with the construction of a large semicircular classroom and premises for laboratories.

The Botanical Garden was opened to the public in 1997, and each year it is visited by about 8000-10000 visitors of all ages. In spite of the long times that are necessary for a garden to take shape, the Botanical Garden continues to be tailored to scientific knowledge and communication requirements through the addition of new species, new collections and the proposal of new activities, while it continues to maintain its institutional purpose of research into plants and the divulgation of their knowledge. In the last few years, research projects on the conservation of plant species have been developed that have also involved the Botanical Garden.

Main Address:
Orto Botanico di Torino
c/o Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita e Biologia dei Sistemi (DBIOS), Università di Torino
Viale Mattioli 25
10125 Italy

Telephone: +39 011 6705970, +39 328 7093005
Fax: +39 011 6705962
URL: www.ortobotanico.unito.it
Primary Email: daniela.bouvet@unito.it

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Prof.ssa Consolata Siniscalco
    Curator's Name:
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Valeria Fossa
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 3
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number:
    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: 1729
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: No
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 2 Hectares
  • Total Area: 2 Hectares
    Latitude: 45.0550738
    Longitude: 7.6834913
    Altitude: 231.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 450 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Orto Botanico di Torino
  • Local Address: Viale Mattioli 25
  • Locality: City: Torino
  • Locality: State: Piemonte

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 1000000
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 2
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 8000
    Number of Volunteers: 5

Plant Collections

  • Cultivation Taxa Num: 1822
  • Special Collections:The number of Botanical Families cultivated is 147.
    The total number of cultivated species is 1603 (943 entities in garden, 153 in the tropical greenhouse, 180 in the succulent greenhouse, 178 in the alpine garden, 149 in pots).
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: No

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: No
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: No
    Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: No
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: No
    Ecology: No
    Ecosystem Conservation: No
    Education: No
    Ethnobotany: No
    Exploration: No
    Floristics: No
    Horticulture: No
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: No
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: No
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: No
    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: No
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: No
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: No