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Botanical Garden of the University of Bern

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Switzerland - Bern

Institution Code: BERN

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

Main entrance of the Botanical Garden Bern
Main entrance of the Botanical Garden Bern

Main Address:
Botanical Garden of the University of Bern
Altenbergrain 21
3013 Switzerland

Telephone: 41 (0)31 631 49 45
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Prof. Dr. Markus Fischer, Director
    Curator's Name: Dr. Katja Rembold
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 8
    Educational Staff Number: 3
    Research Staff Number: 5
    Administration Staff Number: 4

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: Yes
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: Yes
  • Date founded: 1859
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
  • Total Area: 3 Hectares
    Latitude: 46.9479
    Longitude: 7.4481
    Annual Rainfall: 1028 mm
    Altitude: 52.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 1000 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Botanischer Garten der Universität Bern
  • Local Address: Altenbergrain 21 3013 Bern
  • Locality: City: Bern
  • Locality: State:

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 500000
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 1
  • Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Volunteers: 2

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 8000
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 5500
  • Special Collections:Alpine plants
    Steppe vegetation
    Mediterranean plants
    Tropical mountain forests
    Succulent plants
    Medicinal plants
    Asian plants
    Temperate southern hemisphere

Conservation Programmes

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

Research Programmes

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

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: No
    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