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Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens

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Canada - Nova Scotia - Wolfville

Institution Code: ACADI

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: No

About the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens

The Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens occupy more than six acres, and are home to nine native habitats from the Acadia Forest Region. The Gardens feature a large collection of native plants, including rare and endangered species, which are displayed on site in their naturally occurring plant associations.

Main Address:
Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens
Acadia University, 32 University Avenue
Mailing: K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre, P.O. Box 48
Nova Scotia B4P 2R6 Canada

Telephone: (902) 585-1757
Fax: (902) 585-1034
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Peter Romkey, Director
    Curator's Name: Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 2
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number: 2
    Administration Staff Number: 3

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1999
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 2 Hectares
  • Total Area: 2 Hectares
    Latitude: 45.08625
    Longitude: -64.36806
    Annual Rainfall: 1100 mm
    Altitude: 50.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 490 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 200
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Yes
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Volunteers: 20

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 16
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 600
  • Special Collections:Tropical Ericaceae Research collection (200+spp), Native Ericaceae Research collection, Medicinal & Food collection, Acadian Forest Region Native plant collection (800+ spp, 16,000 specimen)

Conservation Programmes

  • Medicinal Plant Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: 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
    Seed/Spore Biology: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes

Education Programmes

  • 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