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Botanische Gärten der Universität Bonn

Germany - Deutschland - Bonn

Institution Code: BONN

International Agenda Registration: Y
BGCI Member: Y

Bonn is known for its Titan Arums
Bonn is known for its Titan Arums

About the Botanische Gärten der Universität Bonn

History and Size:

The history of the Botanic Gardens, one of the oldest and most traditional gardens north of the Alps, goes back more than 400 years. The existence of a palace and a simple garden here is first recorded in a pen and ink drawing dated 1578. In the 17th Century, one of the most splendid gardens of the time was laid out, including orangeries (the forerunners of greenhouses). In the 18th Century, the barocan Clemensruh Palace (Poppelsdorfer Schloss) was built (c. 1740-47).

The garden as we know it dates from the foundation of the University in 1818, and its boundaries coincide closely with those of the Elector's park. Two beech trees from the old baroque garden still stand. The garden's founder and first director (1818-30) was Nees von Esenbeck.

The total area is 6 ha (15 acres) of which greenhouses occupy 0.25 ha (about 0.6 acres). In addition we have a separate area in the Melb valley which is not open to the public.

The Botanic Garden of Economic Botany (formerly Landwirtschaftlicher Botanischer Garten) fused together with the Palace garden in 2002 and formed a new organisation: University Botanic Gardens.

Main Address:
Botanische Gärten der Universität Bonn
Meckenheimer Allee 171, Bonn,
D-53115 Germany - Deutschland

Telephone: 49 (0)228 73 5523
Fax: 49 (0)228 73 9058
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Maximilian Weigend
    Curator's Name: Dr. W. Lobin
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Dr. W. Lobin
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 35
    Educational Staff Number: 30
    Research Staff Number: 1
    Administration Staff Number: 3

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Y
    Status: Educational: Y
    Status: Satellite: Y
  • Date founded: 1818
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Y
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 1 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Y
    Landscaped Area: Size: 10 Hectares
  • Total Area: 13 Hectares
    Latitude: 50.7333
    Longitude: 7.1000
    Annual Rainfall: 680 mm
    Altitude: 60.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 2870 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Botanic Garden of Economic Botany: (Nutzpflanzengarten am Katzenburgweg 3)
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Botanische Gärten der Universität
  • Local Address: Meckenheimer Allee 171 53115 Bonn
  • Locality: City: Bonn
  • Locality: State: NRW

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Y
    Arboretum: Y
    Arboretum Size: 5
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Y
    Seed Bank: Y
    Published Plant Catalogue: Y
    Computer Plant Record System: Y
  • Open to public: Y
    Friends society: Y
    Disabled access: Y
  • Number of Visitors: 120000
    Number of Volunteers: 47

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 18
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 11
  • Special Collections:Native plants, epiphytic cacti, Rhipsalideae, plants from Cape Verde Islands, mediterranean geophytes, Crocus, Cyclamen, Araceae, carnivorous plants, plants from Inselberg., Proteaceae (68 spp.), Amorphophallus (35 spp.), including Amorphophallus titanum.

Conservation Programmes

  • Reintroduction Programme: Y

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Y
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Y
    Ecosystem Conservation: Y
    Education: Y
    Ethnobotany: Y
    Horticulture: Y
    Molecular Genetics: Y
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Y

Education Programmes

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