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Orto Botanico di Brera - Università degli Studi di Milano

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Italy - I - Milan

Institution Code: BMIL

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: No

About the Orto Botanico di Brera - Università degli Studi di Milano

Even if there has always been a space in Palazzo Brera devoted to gardening, horticulture,growing of medicinal plants, meditation and contemplation – according to the needs and seasons – the establishment of a full blown “Botanical Garden” happened in 1774 by will of Maria Theresa of Austria.The Garden’s manager had to teach botany to the Brera Gymnasium students. Furthermore, the Garden had to supply the Brera “Pharmacy” with medicinal plants. The project was committed to Father Fulgenzio Vitman, who had already planned a large university Botanical Garden in Pavia.
Today the Brera Botanical Garden is part of the Brera Botanical Garden, a museum managed by the Università degli Studi di Milano (Department of Biosciences)and recognized by the Lombardy Region. The Museum’s aim is the safeguard of Palazzo Brera’s historical-scientific and historical-naturalistic heritage. The promotion and realisation of projects and activities of recovering and conservation directed not only to the preservation of the historical heritage but also the dissemination of scientific culture had been put into action by the Università degli Studi di Milano since the early 80’s. That is why the Brera Botanical Garden welcomes school classes and groups of adults every day.

Main Address:
Orto Botanico di Brera - Università degli Studi di Milano
Via Brera, 28
Secondary entrance Via F.lli Gabba, 10
Milan
I 20121 Italy

Telephone: +39 0250314683
Fax:
URL: www.museoortibotanicistatale.it
Primary Email: ortobotanicodibrera@unimi.it

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Martin Kater
    Curator's Name: Cristina Puricelli
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Paola Caccia
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 3
    Educational Staff Number: 2
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 1

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
  • Date founded: 1774
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: No
  • Landscaped Area: No
  • Total Area: 1 Hectares
    Latitude: 45.4727
    Longitude: 9.1871
    Annual Rainfall: 60 mm
    Altitude: 120.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Orto Botanico di Brera - Università degli Studi di Milano
  • Local Address: Via Brera, 28 Via F.lli Gabba, 10 I-20121 Milano
  • Locality: City: Milano
  • Locality: State: Lombardy

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 300
    Arboretum: Yes
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: No
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 10000
    Number of Volunteers: 10

Plant Collections

  • Cultivation Taxa Num: 800
  • Special Collections:Gingko biloba, Juglans nigra, Pterocarya fraxinifolia, Italian natives,Salvia genus, Hydrangea genus, Paeonie genus, Pteridophytes, medicinal plants, textile plants, dyeing plants, Utricularia vulgaris.
  • Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: No
    Conservation - Biology: No
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: No
    Ecology: No
    Ecosystem Conservation: No
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: No
    Exploration: No
    Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: No
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: No
    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: No
    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