Ghent University Botanic Garden

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Belgium - Ghent

Institution Code: GENT

BGCI Member: Yes

ArbNet Accredited: Level II

View of the big pond.
View of the big pond.

About the Ghent University Botanic Garden

The Ghent University Botanical Garden was established at its present location in 1902. It covers 2.75 ha, 4 000 m² of which are heated and unheated greenhouses, and houses ten thousand species.

Main Address:
Ghent University Botanic Garden
Plantentuin Universiteit Gent
K.L. Ledeganckstraat 35
B-9000 Belgium

Telephone: 32 (0)9 264 50 73
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Chantal Dugardin
    Curator's Name: Chantal Dugardin (general manager)
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Chantal Dugardin (Curator)
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 8
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number: 2
    Administration Staff Number:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Satellite: Yes
  • Date founded: 1797
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: No
  • Landscaped Area: No
  • Total Area: 3 Hectares
    Latitude: 51.0333
    Longitude: 3.7168
    Annual Rainfall: 673 mm
    Altitude: 10.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 4000 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Hydrangeum vzw, Veldekensstraat 40, B-9070 Destelbergen, Belgium
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Plantentuin Universiteit Gent
  • Local Address:
  • Locality: City:
  • Locality: State:

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 6000
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 1
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: Yes
    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: 35000
    Number of Volunteers: 60

Plant Collections

  • Cultivation Taxa Num: 10000
  • Special Collections:Peperomia, Rhipsalis, Kalanchoe, Cyperaceae, Sansevieria, Asparagus, Begonia, Epimedium, Hydrangeaceae, bulbs, medicinal plants, Mediterranean plants, orchids, Bromeliaceae, Araceae, succulents, Hoya, ferns
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

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

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: Yes
    Plant Breeding: No
    Conservation - Biology: No
    Conservation - Genetics: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: No
    Ecosystem Conservation: No
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Exploration: Yes
    Floristics: No
    Horticulture: No
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Molecular Genetics: Yes
    Pollination Biology: No
    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: No
    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