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Northwestern University Ecological Park and Botanic Gardens

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Philippines - Ilocos Norte - Laoag City

Institution Code: NUEBG

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

The Ecotourism Park and Botanic Garden's entrance is a huge rotunda visible from the air, the fan like structure is embellished with white stone in verdant grasses, it resembles the Philippine national leaf Saribus rotundifolius- the project's icon.
The Ecotourism Park and Botanic Garden's entrance is a huge rotunda visible from the air, the fan like structure is embellished with white stone in verdant grasses, it resembles the Philippine national leaf Saribus rotundifolius- the project's icon.

About the Northwestern University Ecological Park and Botanic Gardens

The Northwestern University Ecotourism Park and Botanic Garden is a place where you can experience nature’s beauty and splendor and enjoy the touch of Ilocano Hospitality and Ingenuity. The largest Ecopark & Botanic Garden established in the Northern Luzon, Philippines.

The Establishment of Ecotourism Park and Botanic Garden was based on a policy of achieving harmony between resource protection and public use. It is consumptive because of the integration of Agricultural produce, exotic restaurant, processed goods and research products. At the same time non consumptive for it offers recreational activities that are closely linked to natural history and wildlife, such as bird watching, butterfly watching, nature photography, botanical study, mountain biking, hiking and other recreations like camping and training.

The Ecotourism Park is unique in possessing wide range of eye-catching natural features, an advantage over other conventional tourism parks. The Park emphasizes on nature’s flora and wildlife which distinguishes it from other tourist destinations in the Ilocos Province.

The 7.8 hectares NWU Botanic Garden is the first in the province and probably one of the biggest in the region. Compared with other Botanical Gardens in the Philippines, the garden has a broader spectrum of collections. The Collections ranges from tropical forest trees, flowering ornamental, dessert-succulent plants, ferns and allies, grasses and its allies, wild flowers, vines, parasitic, carnivorous, epiphytes, cycads and palms, crops and variegated cultivars.

As a component of the Northwestern University Ecotourism Park, the Botanic Garden primarily aims to:

 Promote scientific research on the collection, identification, propagation, conservation, reintroduction & proper utilization (ethno-botany), of all known species of the kingdom plantae.
 Create a broad collection of living plants as gene bank/stocks for horticultural trade, herbarium specimen exchange and botanical scientific cooperation around the world.
 Supports global alliance with other Botanic Institutions participating in plant conservation.
 Implements an ex situ and in situ conservation program especially to our Philippine flora that are now in the verge of extinction.
 Highlights the role of Botanic Gardens in support to environmental awareness and sustainable development, through community extension as a big factor in mitigating climate change.
 Establish microenvironments to display the world’s Flora according to their latest system of classification as live specimen for educational as well as recreational purposes.


Touring the garden may take you an hour of strolling along its caterpillar pathways rolling down the slopes. Cultivars of different families are at their vast vigor. With their spectacular and showy inflorescence against colorful foliage, one cant help but wonder about their nomenclature, their cultivation and their propagation.

The Living Collections

To date, the collection includes 226 families and 114 subfamilies of plants and morethan 2,100 species.

COMPONENTS AND ECOLOGICAL FEATURES:

Systematic Living Plant Collections
Ben A. Nicolas Collection of Philippines Trees
NUEBG Entomological Project
Garden Terraces
Orchards of Indigenous Fruit trees
Agricultural Experimental Fields
Plant Propagation Center
Tissue Culture and Embryo Rescue Laboratory
Seed Conservation Project
Herbarium of the Northwestern Luzon, Philippines
NUEBG - Museum of Natural History
Native Plant Conservation Center
Asclepiadarium
Orchidarium
Fernery
Philippine Gymnosperm Collection


FACILITIES

Camping Sites
Garden Theater
Guest House
Sports Complex
Shooting range
Hiking Trail
Tree house
Garden Patio
Fish ponds

Main Address:
Northwestern University Ecological Park and Botanic Gardens
Airport Avenue
Laoag City
Ilocos Norte 2900 Philippines

Telephone: 0908-533-0037
Fax: (077) 771-3814
URL: http://www.nwu.edu.ph/index.php/nuebg
Primary Email: nwu_ecopark@yahoo.com

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Michael Jay Agbayani Calaramo
    Curator's Name: Chief Curator - Michael Calaramo
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Michael Jay Agbayani Calaramo
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 14
    Educational Staff Number: 4
    Research Staff Number: 3
    Administration Staff Number: 6

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: Yes
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 2007
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 5 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 3 Hectares
  • Total Area: 8 Hectares
    Latitude: 18.152126
    Longitude: 120.567200
    Annual Rainfall: 2105 mm
    Altitude: 90.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 400 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 40000 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Banna Ecoadventure Park & Arboretum Banna, Ilocos Norte 120 Ha Metropolitan Watershed Ecological Restoration Project Tadao, Pasuquin Ilocos Norte 100 Ha Watershed and Rainforestoration Project(Angset, Estancia Piddig, Ilocos Norte) 50 Ha Piddig Agroforestry and Arboretum Sta Maria, Piddig Ilocos Norte 21 Ha. Pannzian Ecological Site, Pagudpud Ilocos Norte 37 Ha. Subec Ecological Site, Pagudpud Ilocos Norte 140 Ha
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: NUEBG
  • Local Address: Governor Elizabeth keon Road, Payas-Samac San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
  • Locality: City:
  • Locality: State:

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 14000
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 21
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Yes
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 7000
    Number of Volunteers: 11

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 3060
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 2100
  • Special Collections:The main collection are indigenous philippine plants collected in the different ecosystems of the province. they are conserved ex situ for propagation, research and education purposes.

    The systematic plant collections are contributions from international linkages to represent families that not represented in the tropical asia. These collections are arranged according to the latest in plant phylogeny and conforms to the APG-IV 2016.collections are extensively used for taxonomy classes.

    Also included foreign species that are adopted to the Philippine climatic condition.
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    NOW SENDING PLANT SPECIMENS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD FOR DNA/MOLECULAR ANALYSIS.

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    PLANT FAMILIES IN THE TAXONOMIC COLLECTIONS

    ACANTHACEAE
    ACHARIACEAE
    ACORACEAE
    ACTINIDIACEAE
    AIZOACEAE
    ALISMATACEAE
    AMARANTHACEAE
    AMARYLLIDACEAE
    ANACARDIACEAE
    ANISOPHYLLEACEAE
    ANNONACEAE
    APIACEAE
    APOCYNACEAE
    AQUIFOLIACEAE
    ARACEAE
    ARALIACEAE
    ARAUCARIACEAE
    ARECACEAE
    ARISTOLOCHIACEAE
    ASPARAGACEAE
    ASPLENIACEAE
    ASTERACEAE
    BALSAMINACEAE
    BARRINGTONIACEAE
    BASELLACEAE
    BEGONIACEAE
    BERBERIDACEAE
    BIGNONIACEAE
    BIXACEAE
    BORAGINACEAE
    BRASSICACEAE
    BROMELIACEAE
    BRYACEAE
    BURSERACEAE
    CACTACEAE
    CANNABACEAE
    CANNACEAE
    CAPPARACEAE
    CAPRIFOLIACEAE
    CARICACEAE
    CARYPHYLLACEAE
    CASUARINACEAE
    CERATOPHYLLACEAE
    CLUSIACEAE
    CISTACEAE
    COMBRETACEAE
    COMMELINACEAE
    CONVOLVULACEAE
    CONNARACEAE
    COSTACEAE
    CRASSULACEAE
    CUCURBITACEAE
    CUPPRESSACEAE
    CYCADACEAE
    CYPERACEAE
    DATISCACEAE
    DILLENIACEAE
    DIOSCOREACEAE
    DIPTEROCARPACEAE
    DROSERACEAE
    DRYOPTERIDACEAE
    EBENACEAE
    ERICACEAE
    EUPHORBIACEAE
    FABACEAE
    FAGACEAE
    FLACOURTIACEAE
    GERANIACEAE
    GESNERIACEAE
    GNETACEAE
    GOODENIACEAE
    HAEMODORACEAE
    HELICONIACEAE
    HYACINTHACEAE
    HYDRANGEACEAE
    HYDROCHARITACEAE
    HYPOXIDACEAE
    HYRDROCHARITACEAE
    IRIDACEAE
    LAMIACEAE
    LAURACEAE
    LECYTHIDACEAE
    LENTIBULARIACEAE
    LOMARIOPSIDACEAE
    LYTHRACEAE
    MAGNOLIACEAE
    MALPHIGIACEAE
    MALVACEAE
    MARANTACEAE
    MARSILEACEAE
    MELASTOMATACEAE
    MELIACEAE
    MEMECYLACEAE
    MENYANTHACEAE
    MOLLUGINACEAE
    MORACEAE
    MORINGACEAE
    MUNTINGIACEAE
    MUSACEAE
    MYRISTICACEAE
    MYRSINACEAE
    MYRTACEAE
    NELUMBONACEAE
    NEPENTHACEAE
    NYCTAGINACEAE
    NYMPHAEACEAE
    OCHNACEAE
    OLACACEAE
    OLEACEAE
    ONAGRACEAE
    OPHIOGLOSSACEAE
    ORCHIDACEAE
    OXALIDACEAE
    PANDANACEAE
    PAPAVERACEAE
    PASSIFLORACEAE
    PEDALIACEAE
    PHYLLANTHACEAE
    PINACEAE
    PIPERACEAE
    PITTOSPORACEAE
    PLANTAGINACEAE
    PLUMBAGINACEAE
    POACEAE
    PODOCARPACEAE
    POLYGONACEAE
    POLYPODIACEAE
    POLYOSMACEAE
    PONTEDERIACEAE
    PORTULACACEAE
    PROTEACEAE
    PTERIDACEAE
    PUTRANJIVACEAE
    QUILLAJACEAE
    RHAMNACEAE
    RHIZOPHORACEAE
    ROSACEAE
    RUBIACEAE
    RUTACEAE
    SALICACEAE
    SALVINIACEAE
    SALVADORACEAE
    SANTALACEAE
    SAPINDACEAE
    SAPOTACEAE
    SARRACENIACEAE
    SCROPHULLARIACEAE
    SOLANACEAE
    SPHAGNACEAE
    STRELITZIACEAE
    STEMONURACEAE
    TACCACEAE
    THYMELAEACEAE
    TYPHACEAE
    ULMACEAE
    URTICACEAE
    VERBENACEAE
    VIOLACEAE
    VITACEAE
    WOODSIACEAE
    XANTHORRHOEACEAE
    ZAMIACEAE
    ZINGIBERACEAE
    ZYGOPHYLLACEAE

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    SUBFAMILIES

    ACALYPHOIDEAE
    ACEROIDEAE
    ADIANTOIDEAE
    AGAPANTHOIDEAE
    AGAVOIDEAE
    ALLIOIDEAE
    ALPINIOIDEAE
    AMARANTHOIDEAE
    APIOIDEAE
    APOCYNOIDEAE
    ARALIOIDEAE
    ARECOIDEAE
    AROIDEAE
    ASCLEPIADOIDEAE
    ASPARAGOIDEAE
    ASPHODELIOIDEAE (ASPHODELACEAE)
    ASTEROIDEAE
    BAMBUSOIDEAE
    BOMBACOIDEAE
    BORAGINOIDEAE
    BROMELIOIDEAE
    BROWALLIOIDEAE
    BYTTNERIOIDEAE
    CACTOIDEAE
    CAESALPINIOIDEAE
    CALAMOIDEAE
    CHEILANTHOIDEAE
    CHLORIDOIDEAE
    CICHORIOIDEAE
    CINCHONOIDEAE
    CITROIDEAE
    COMMELINOIDEAE
    CORDIOIDEAE
    CORYPHOIDEAE
    CROTONOIDEAE
    CUCURBITOIDEAE
    CYPEROIDEAE
    CYPRIPEDIOIDEAE
    DANTHONIOIDEAE
    DOMBEYOIDEAE
    DODONEOIDEAE
    DRYNARIOIDEAE
    EHRHARTOIDEAE
    EPIDENDROIDEAE
    EUPHORBIOIDEAE
    FABOIDEAE
    GREWIOIDEAE
    HELICTEROIDEAE
    HEMEROCALLIDOIDEAE
    HIGHER EPIDENDROIDEAE
    HYDROCOTYLOIDEAE
    IRIDOIDEAE
    IXOROIDEAE
    LECYTHIDOIDEAE
    LEEOIDEAE
    LEMNOIDEAE
    LOMANDROIDEAE (LAXAMANACEAE)
    MAGNOLIOIDEAE
    MALVOIDEA
    MALVOIDEAE
    MICROSOROIDEAE
    MIMOSOIDEAE
    MONSTEROIDEAE
    MOSTEROIDEAE
    NANDINOIDEAE
    NEPETOIDEAE
    NICOTIANOIDEAE
    NOLINOIDEAE (RUSCACEAE)
    NYPOIDEAE
    OPONTIOIDEAE
    ORCHIDOIDEAE
    PANICOIDEAE
    PAPAVEROIDEAE
    PAPILIONOIDEAE
    PARKERIOIDEAE
    PERESKIOIDEAE
    PERIPLOCOIDEAE
    PETUNIOIDEAE
    PLANCHONIOIDEAE
    POTHOIDEAE
    PUNICOIDEAE
    RAUVULFIOIDEAE
    SOLANOIDEAE
    STERCULIOIDEAE
    TEUCRIOIDEAE
    TILIOIDEAE
    TILLANDSIOIDEAE
    TURNEROIDEAE
    UNPLACED
    VACCINIOIDEAE
    VANILLOIDEAE
    VITOIDEAE
    ZAMIINAE
    ZINGIBEROIDEAE


    The Botanical Project is recognized by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of Ilocos Norte, Philippines.

    Also a member of the Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society (PNPCSI)
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

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

Research Programmes

  • Plant Breeding: 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
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Sustainability: Yes
    Agriculture: Yes
    Land Restoration: Yes
    Urban Environments: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    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
    Education Programme: Yes