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Bakuriani Alpine Botanical Garden

Georgia - Village Bakuriani

Institution Code:

International Agenda Registration: N
BGCI Member: Y

About the Bakuriani Alpine Botanical Garden

Bakuriani Alpine Botanical Garden (BABG) was established in 1912.

The BABG is located at 1,650 m amsl. The garden collections mostly feature the Caucasian plants (up to 400 species). The arboretum comprises 125 species of trees and shrubs (including 75 Caucasian woody plants). Approximately 250 species from different regions of the world have been propagated from seeds. The garden collections serve as a basis for taxonomic studies and ensure conservation of vulnerable plant species.

The main goals of the garden are as follows:

_ Studies of the high-mountain flora of the Caucasus;
_ Ex-situ conservation of rare, endangered, endemic plants of Georgia and species included into the Georgian Red List;
_ Studies of adaptive mechanisms of plants;
_ Seed exchange with other botanical institutions;
_ Implementation of environmental awareness activities;
_ Ethnobotanical studies.

Fragment of primary forest formed by spruce, pine and beech is retained at the garden. The forest fragment occupies approximately 10 ha. It is critical that this forest ecosystem be conserved as it is one of the last remnants of the regional primary forests.

Many renowned botanists and horticulturists from various countries have visited BABG since its foundation.

The garden is open to visitors of any age all year round. Admission is free of charge with the garden staff acting as guides.

Ecological Education Centre functions at BABG. It was built in 1997 by the support of the WWF. The centre provides regular training sessions for teachers, media representatives and other professional groups.

The garden collections occupy approximately 6 ha. Majority of the collections is maintained at the alpine rock garden. At present the garden supports 94 endemic species of the Caucasus including 32 Georgian endemics. In addition, the garden collections include 77 rare and 55 endangered plant species.

2,000 specimens are stored at the Garden Herbarium and 800 of them are vascular plants of Borjomi-Bakuriani region.

The garden has a department that serves for conservation (ex situ) of species occurring in places experiencing severe human intrusions in order to return them to their natural habitats.

Main Address:
Bakuriani Alpine Botanical Garden
Ilia State University Institute of Botany 1 Botanikuri street, Tbilisi
57 Borjomi street
Village Bakuriani
Georgia

Telephone: +995 32 272 08 10
Fax: +995 32 272 08 10
URL:
Primary Email: bakurianigarden@yahoo.com

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr.Shalva (Nukri) Sikharulidze
    Curator's Name: Tamar kurdadze
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Eter Chichiboshvili
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 5
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number: 2
    Administration Staff Number: 2

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: N
    Status: State: Y
    Status: Educational: Y
    Status: Municipal: N
    Status: Satellite: N
    Status: Trust: N
  • Date founded: 1912
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Y
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 10 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Y
    Landscaped Area: Size: 25 Hectares
  • Total Area: 35 Hectares
    Latitude: 41.759508
    Longitude: 43.521094
    Annual Rainfall: 800 mm
    Altitude: 1.65 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 100 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: ბაკურიანის ალპური ბოტანიკური ბაღი
  • Local Address: დაბა ბაკურიანი, ქ. ბორჯომის #56
  • Locality: City: ბაკურიანი
  • Locality: State:

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Y
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 2000
    Arboretum: Y
    Arboretum Size: 4
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: N
    Seed Bank: Y
    Published Plant Catalogue: N
    Computer Plant Record System: Y
  • Open to public: Y
    Friends society: Y
    Retail Outlet: Shop: N
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: N
    Disabled access: N

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 1500
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 400
  • Special Collections:The garden collections occupy approximately 6 ha. Majority of the collections is maintained at the alpine rock garden. At present the garden supports 94 endemic species of the Caucasus including 32 Georgian endemics. In addition, the garden collections include 77 rare and 55 endangered plant species.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: N
    Invasive Species Policy: N
    ABS Policy: Y
    Plant Collection Policy: Y

Conservation Programmes

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

Research Programmes

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

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: N
    Education Signs in Garden: N
    Public Lectures/Talks: N
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Y
    Guided Tours: Y
    Permanent Public Displays: N
    Special Exhibitions: N
    Courses for School Children: N
    Courses for University/College Students: Y
    Courses for General Public: N
    Education Programme: Y
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June 2003