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Maribor University Botanic Garden

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Slovenia - Hoče

Institution Code: MARIB

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: Yes

About the Maribor University Botanic Garden

Maribor as a university town needs a botanic garden for meeting the requirements of the students of botany at different levels of education. The Maribor University Botanic Garden comprises introduced and native flora, especially the most typical species of Pohorje and north-eastern Slovenia. At the same time it will serve as a research and educational institution open to the wider public. The Garden is located at the foot of Pohorje, partly on the location of the Maribor University Agricultural Centre and partly extending also out of its area. This location has been selected for the following reasons:

1) Botany is a fundamental science providing a basis for all specialist subjects of plant production study programmes.
2) Botany is a subject in the curricula of primary, secondary and tertiary educational institutions.
3) Habitats at the foot of Pohorje offer ideal natural phytophysiological and ecological conditions, required for the Garden and University Agricultural Centre, of which the Garden is a vital part.
4) Besides the representative species of the native flora, the Garden includes also the species introduced from other continents (Asia, Africa, America, Australia), i.e. trees, bushes, perennials, medicinal and water plants, which enables our people to get an insight into these plants in the cheapest possible way; the Garden offers also opportunities for recreation during all the four seasons.
5) The Garden facilitates carrying out curricular and extra-curricular activities of schools (excursions, clubs, natural science workshops, etc.).
6) It is intended also for raising public awareness of the importance of natural sciences, preservation of biotic diversity and protection of the environment.
7) The Garden will serve as another tourist attraction of the town of Maribor, the Hoče municipality and other municipalities in a wider area at the foot of Pohorje and will offer the opportunity for inviting extinguished guests and domestic and foreign tourists.

Main Address:
Maribor University Botanic Garden
Faculty for Agriculture and Life Sciences, Pivola 10
2311 Slovenia

Telephone: +00 386 2 320 9000
Fax: +386 (02)6130855
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr. Andrej Susek
    Curator's Name:
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Janez Pivec
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 4
    Educational Staff Number: 3
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
  • Date founded: 2002
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 5 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 8 Hectares
  • Total Area: 13 Hectares
    Latitude: 46.5573
    Longitude: 15.6460
    Annual Rainfall: 986 mm
    Altitude: 200.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Botanični vrt Univerze v Mariboru
  • Local Address: Pivola 10, 2311 Hoče
  • Locality: City: Maribor
  • Locality: State: Slovenija

Features and Facilities

  • Seed Bank: Yes
    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: 7000
    Number of Volunteers: 1

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 4485
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 2000
  • Special Collections:Living gene bank on cultivated varieties of: apples, pears, plums, cherries, raspberries, elderberries, pumpkins
    Collections of conifers and broadleaf trees, several cultivated specimes of roses, ornamental shrubs, perennials and grasses
    Ex situ conservation of some red list native sprecimens
    Presentations of biodiversity in fruit and vegetable garden
    Collection of Narcissus bulbs
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

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

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: No
    Ecology: No
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Exploration: No
    Floristics: No
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: No
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: No
    Sustainability: Yes
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: Yes
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: No

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