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Jardim Botânico do Faial

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Portugal - Açores - Horta - Faial

Institution Code: HORTA

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

About the Jardim Botânico do Faial

Located in an old farming area of Quinta de S. Lourenço’s pastures and orange orchards, in the Flamengos valley, this Botanical Garden has been enchanting its visitors since 1986.

The Garden, with an area of 8000m2, provides a scientific, pedagogical, ecological and also a leisure contribution to the island. Its purpose besides being a pleasant place of unique beauty, and highly recommended to be visited, is fundamentally related with the management of the collection of living flora associated with botanical conservation, especially the collection of seeds of endemic species, the recovery of habitats and the sensitization to the importance of natural floristic wealth of the Azores.

The Garden keeps an extensive collection of the Azorean endemic and native plants, an area for medicinal plants used traditionally in cooking and also in ancient cures, and yet another garden area for display of exotic ornamental species from all around the world. Here you may visit a beautiful orchidarium with 30 different species. There are also some arable crops, used traditionally in agriculture that had regional economic importance in the past.

The Botanical Garden has a second zone, located in the parish of Pedro Miguel, at an altitude of 400 m. This new area, with 60 000m2 is currently undergoing the recovery of its natural habitats and characteristic species of the humid and the very humid Laurissilva. Besides the important scientific role, this zone has high landscape value.

Main Address:
Jardim Botânico do Faial
Rua de São Lourenço, 23
Horta - Faial
Açores 9900-401 Portugal

Telephone: +351 292 948 140
Fax:
URL: http://parquesnaturais.azores.gov.pt/pt/faial/oquevisitar/centrosinterpretacao/jardim-botanico-do-faial
Primary Email: pnfaial.jardimbotanico@azores.gov.pt

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Pedro Casimiro
    Curator's Name: Violeta Olivan
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 3
    Educational Staff Number: 2
    Research Staff Number: 3
    Administration Staff Number: 2

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Satellite: Yes
  • Date founded: 1986
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 6 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 1 Hectares
  • Total Area: 7 Hectares
    Latitude: 38.33353
    Longitude: 28.38255
    Annual Rainfall: 800 mm
    Altitude: 105.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 300 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Jardim Botânico de Pedro Miguel
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Jardim Botânico do Faial
  • Local Address: Jardim Botânico do Faial, Rua São Lourenço nº 23, 9900-401 Horta- Açores, Portugal
  • Locality: City:
  • Locality: State:

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 250
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 6
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 6000
    Number of Volunteers: 2

Plant Collections

  • Cultivation Taxa Num: 197
  • Special Collections:50 Azorean endemic species

    The Garden keeps an extensive collection of the Azorean endemic and native plants, an area for medicinal plants used traditionally in cooking and also in ancient cures, and yet another garden area for display of exotic ornamental species from all around the world. Here you may visit a beautiful orchidarium with 30 different species. There are also some arable crops, used traditionally in agriculture that had regional economic importance in the past.

Conservation Programmes

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

Research Programmes

  • Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes