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National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi Botanic Garden

Kenya - Nairobi

Institution Code: NAIRM

International Agenda Registration: Y
BGCI Member: Y

Gateway to Nairobi Botanic Garden
Gateway to Nairobi Botanic Garden

About the National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi Botanic Garden

In 1995, consultants from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and staff of the National Museums of Kenya, proposed to establish Nairobi Botanic Garden at the Museum hill. Situated some 1.5 Km from the city centre, the garden overlooks Nairobi city. The garden aims to enhance learning of plant science by using habitat and systematic displays. Hard landscaping commenced in 1996, with the plant display house, a nursery and 2 Orchid houses. Seventeen thematic displays were proposed, ten themes are ready and work is still going on in the rest. As a visitor you will explore the ethno-botany and economic uses of plants on display. You will also learn about threats to plants their values, their habitats and techniquess in plant conservation.

Main Address:
National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi Botanic Garden
P.O.Box 40658, NAIROBI, Kenya.
00100 Kenya

Telephone: 254 02 742131/4, 742161/4
Fax: 254 741424
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Mr William Wambugu
    Curator's Name: Mr William Wambugu
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Agnes Lusweti
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 7
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number: 2
    Administration Staff Number: 1

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Y
    Status: Educational: Y
  • Date founded: 1995
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Y
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 1 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Y
    Landscaped Area: Size: 3 Hectares
  • Total Area: 4 Hectares
    Latitude: -1.2743
    Longitude: 36.8131
    Annual Rainfall: 900 mm
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Y
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 1000000
  • Seed Bank: Y
    Published Plant Catalogue: Y
    Computer Plant Record System: Y
  • Open to public: Y
    Friends society: N
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Y
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Y
    Disabled access: Y
  • Number of Visitors: 30000
    Number of Volunteers: 2

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 2150
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 700
  • Special Collections:Succulents, orchids, palms, cycads, grass, climbers and trees. About 2150 accessions belonging to 700 taxa. Maintains a seed bank with long-term storage capacity. Contains 17 accessions representing 6 species (1994 figures).
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Y
    Invasive Species Policy: Y
    ABS Policy: N
    Plant Collection Policy: Y

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Y
    Medicinal Plant Programme: Y
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Y
    Reintroduction Programme: Y

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Y
    Ecology: Y
    Ecosystem Conservation: Y
    Education: Y
    Ethnobotany: Y
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Y
    Molecular Genetics: Y
    Pollination Biology: Y
    Restoration Ecology: Y
    Seed/Spore Biology: Y
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Y
    Sustainability: Y
    Pharmacology: Y
    Agriculture: Y
    Land Restoration: Y
    Urban Environments: Y

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: N
    Education Signs in Garden: Y
    Public Lectures/Talks: Y
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Y
    Guided Tours: Y
    Permanent Public Displays: Y
    Special Exhibitions: Y
    Courses for School Children: Y
    Courses for University/College Students: Y
    Courses for General Public: Y
    Education Programme: Y
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