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Pretoria National Botanical Garden

South Africa - Gauteng - Pretoria

Institution Code: PRE

International Agenda Registration: Y
BGCI Member: Y

About the Pretoria National Botanical Garden

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

This 76 ha urban oasis is a pristine getaway a mere stone's throw away from the madding crowd. The Pretoria National Botanical Garden, founded in 1946, is home to the Head Office of SANBI. This Garden successfully bridges the divide between scientific research and the recreational environment. Read more about its history.

Main Address:
Pretoria National Botanical Garden
South African National Biodiversity Institute
Private Bag X101, PRETORIA 0001, South Africa.
Gauteng South Africa

Telephone: +27 (0)12 843 5194
Fax: +27 (0)12 804 3166
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Mr Christopher Willis
    Curator's Name: Mr Solomon Nkoana
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 2
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Y
    Status: Educational: Y
  • Date founded: 1958
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Y
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 33 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Y
    Landscaped Area: Size: 43 Hectares
  • Total Area: 76 Hectares
    Latitude: -25.7389
    Longitude: 28.2721
    Annual Rainfall: 750 mm
    Altitude: 1.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name:
  • Local Address: 2 Cussonia Avenue Brummeria Pretoria
  • Locality: City:
  • Locality: State:

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Y
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 1
    Arboretum: Y
  • Computer Plant Record System: Y
  • Open to public: Y
    Friends society: Y
    Disabled access: Y
  • Number of Visitors: 70

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:A small area of the Garden (approximately 20%) is of natural vegetation of Bankenveld veld-type, with dominant plants: Ochna pulchra, Strychnos spinosa and Englerophytum magalismontanum. 98% of the plant collections are of indigenous species.Desmond Cole Lithops Collection, Aloe reitzii var. reitzii

Conservation Programmes

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

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Y
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Y
    Education: Y
    Exploration: Y
    Horticulture: Y
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Y

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Y
    Education Signs in Garden: Y
    Public Lectures/Talks: Y
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Y
    Guided Tours: Y
    Permanent Public Displays: Y
    Courses for School Children: Y
    Courses for General Public: Y
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