Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden

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South Africa - Western Cape - Stellenbosch

Institution Code: STE-U

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: Yes

View of lily pond
View of lily pond

About the Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden is located in the historical center of Stellenbosch and is the oldest university botanical garden in South Africa. This compact garden houses an enormous diversity of plants, both indigenous to South Africa and exotic. The Botanical Garden is open to the public and admission is free

Main Address:
Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden
Private Bag X1
Western Cape 7602 South Africa

Telephone: +27 21 808 3054
Fax: +27 21 808 9504
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Mr Hein Swanepoel
    Curator's Name: Dr Donovan Kirkwood
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 5
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 1

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: 1922
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: No
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 3 Hectares
  • Latitude: -33.936164
    Longitude: 18.864453
    Annual Rainfall: 700 mm
    Altitude: 120.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Universiteit Stellenbosch Botaniese Tuin Hortus Botanicus Stellenbosch
  • Local Address:
  • Locality: City: Stellenbosch
  • Locality: State: Western Cape

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: No
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Volunteers: 11

Plant Collections

  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

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: 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: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: No
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    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