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Free State National Botanical Garden

South Africa - Free State - Bloemfontein

Institution Code: NBGB

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

About the Free State National Botanical Garden

Parastatal organisation (SANBI)under the National Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT)

Main Address:
Free State National Botanical Garden
P.O.Box 29036, Danhof, 9310, Bloemfontein
South African National Biodiversity Institute, Rayton Road, off Dan Pienaar Drive R702
Free State 9310 South Africa

Telephone: +27 (0) 51 436 3530/612
Fax: +27 (0) 51 436 4101
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Mr. Christopher Willis
    Curator's Name: Mr Eliot Lithudzha
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 2
    Educational Staff Number: 5
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 2

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Other
  • Status
  • Status: State: No
  • Date founded: 1967
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 66 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 6 Hectares
  • Total Area: 74 Hectares
    Latitude: -29.0539
    Longitude: 26.2123
    Annual Rainfall: 1200 mm
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 5000
  • 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 Visitors: 35000
    Number of Volunteers: 15

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 1010
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 362

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes