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Vumba Botanical Garden

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Zimbabwe - Mutare

Institution Code: VUMB

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: No

About the Vumba Botanical Garden

Originally known by the name Manchester Gardens, the garden was developed by Mr and Mrs Taylor in the 1940s. Bought by the government in 1957, the name of the gardens was changed to Vumba Botanical Gardens in 1975. The garden encompasses an impressive 201 ha. Visitors can expect to see native trees, ferns and orchids, as well as an impressive collection of Cycads. Other highlights include displays of Azaleas and hydrangeas.

Main Address:
Vumba Botanical Garden
P/Bag V 7472, MUTARE, Zimbabwe.

Telephone: 00263774029712
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: chadenga
    Curator's Name: john mapanga
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 10
    Educational Staff Number: 2
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 3

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1947
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 1600 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 201 Hectares
  • Total Area: 1801 Hectares
    Latitude: -19.11996
    Longitude: 32.77676
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: vumba national parks
  • Local Address: upper vumba mutare
  • Locality: City: Mutare
  • Locality: State: manicaland

Features and Facilities

  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: No
  • Open to public: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:Wide collection of temperate and subtropical species. The garden cultivates 62 species (1997) of cycad and is particularly interested in maintaining a range collection of cycads from Zimbabwe and Central Africa. This cycad collection was initiated in 1995.

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Restoration Ecology: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Guided Tours: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes