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Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT)

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India - Karnataka - Bangalore

Institution Code: FRLHT

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

About the Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT)

FRLHT’s Ethnomedicinal Garden is a unique garden that has been aesthetically landscaped, exclusively with native medicinal plants. It is a live repository of 1500 species of medicinal plants, collected from all over India that can be grown in the climatic conditions of Bangalore. The plants represented here have cultural roots in the health traditions of India. You can find over 30 theme based demonstration plots in the garden. These plants belong to all habits, ranging from herbs, climbers and trees. Many rare species can also be observed and studied here. Attractive signages accompany each plant to inform the visitors about the ethno-botany of each plant. There are special signages for some plant species that are host to specific butterflies. Our visitors include students, doctors, folk healers, traders, housewives and researchers. You can enjoy the beautifully landscaped garden and also learn how to grow plants, their uses as well as simple procedures for preparation of herbal remedies. The current holdings of the garden cover 375 genera and 120 families and as we keep adding new species, these numbers will keep going up. Attached to the Garden is the I-AIM nursery, which has over 400 species of medicinal plants for sale, at nominal rates. The seedlings that are raised in both the conventional way and using root trainer technology are 100% organic. The nursery has mist chambers for propagation and shade houses with misting facility for special indoor plants.
Training programmes in designing of herbal gardens, taxonomic identification of plants, propagation techniques, utilization of medicinal plants for primary health care, herbarium techniques, etc., practical workshops, garden trails are conducted regularly in our Garden as we believe in sharing our knowledge.
Other outreach activities include promotion and implementation programmes for creation of Home Gardens and Institutional Gardens in India; participation in exhibitions, flower shows, melas etc. to popularize medicinal plants and spread the message “Grow plants for better health”.

Main Address:
Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT)
C/o Institute of Trans Disciplinary Health Science & Technology (TDU)
No 74/2, Jarakbande Kaval, Post: Attur, Via Yelahanka,
Karnataka 560064 India

Telephone: 91 (0)80 2856 8000 /8001/8002/8003
Fax: 91 (0)80 2856 7926
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Darshan Shankar
    Curator's Name: Ganesh Babu
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 4
    Educational Staff Number: 3
    Research Staff Number: 2
    Administration Staff Number: 1

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Other
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
  • Physical Data
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 8 Hectares
  • Total Area: 8 Hectares
    Latitude: 12.9716
    Longitude: 77.5943
    Altitude: 960.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 45000
    Arboretum: Yes
  • Seed Bank: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 50

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:FRLHT coordinates a national network of medicinal plants, nature reserves and local botanic gardens in India.

Conservation Programmes

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

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: Yes
    Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Exploration: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Molecular Genetics: Yes
    Pollination Biology: Yes
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Sustainability: Yes
    Pharmacology: Yes
    Agriculture: Yes
    Land Restoration: Yes
    Urban Environments: Yes

Education Programmes

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