Africa contains many biodiversity-rich countries, yet possesses disproportionally few botanic gardens considering the rich biodiversity and the great need for its conservation.
African botanic gardens range from very old gardens such as Durban Botanic Garden to gardens being established today across Africa such as the new Botanic Garden of Papatia in Benin. Although these gardens are diverse in their facilities, location and missions, they all share a common characteristic of a documented plant collection for the purposes of recreation, education and research.
A great strength of many gardens across Africa is their work with their local communities - addressing local problems by working together.
Many existing botanic gardens in Africa are lacking funding and support needed to maximise their potential as centres for plant conservation. In 2002 the African Botanic Gardens Network was formed in collaboration with BGCI to support development of African botanic gardens. If you can provide support to help us achieve this aim please get in touch.
Find a botanic garden