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Gothenburg Botanical Garden

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Sweden - Göteborg

Institution Code: GB

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: Yes

The beautiful Rock Garden in the summer
The beautiful Rock Garden in the summer

Main Address:
Gothenburg Botanical Garden
Carl Skottsbergs Gata 22 A
Göteborg
S-413 19 Sweden

Telephone: +46 (0)31 741 11 11
Fax: +46 (0)31 741 11 19
URL: www.gotbot.se
Primary Email: botaniska.tradgarden@vgregion.se

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Mari Källersjö, Director
    Curator's Name: Mats Havstrom, Director of Collections and Research
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Plant Records Officer
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 25
    Educational Staff Number: 3
    Research Staff Number: 8
    Administration Staff Number: 8

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: Yes
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1923
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 75 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 75 Hectares
  • Total Area: 125 Hectares
    Latitude: 57.6969
    Longitude: 11.9863
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 2000 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 200 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Göteborg Botaniska Trädgård
  • Local Address: Carl Skottsbergs Gata 22A 413 19 Göteborg
  • Locality: City: Göteborg
  • Locality: State: Västra Götaland

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 1000000
    Arboretum: Yes
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    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: 650000

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:Rhododendron Rock Garden, Eurasiatic bulbs, trees from northern hemisphere, greenhouse collection of orchids and succulents

Conservation Programmes

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

Research Programmes

  • Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Exploration: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Molecular Genetics: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Urban Environments: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes

Green Rehab

Green Rehab is a nature-based rehabilitation programme for workers suffering from stress-related illness or mild depression in Sweden's Västra Götaland Region.

Its main aims are: 

  • Rehabilitation for those suffering from depression or stress
  • New beginnings for workers
  • Enhanced wellbeing  
 
Working in the Rehab Garden.
© Gothenburg Botanical Garden

   

ABOUT

The programme offers a new beginning for employees on long-term sick leave, by combining traditional occupational, physio- and psychotherapy with recent research insights into how gardens and nature can aid recovery from illness.  The goal is that a participant who completes the programme will go back to work again and achieve a better quality of life. 

The regional County Council of Västra Götaland works in partnership with Gothenburg Botanical Garden to offer Green Rehab to 55-60 of its employees annually, as part of their employee healthcare benefits.

The courses combine lectures and support groups with outdoor practical exercises. Participants sow and harvest in the botanic garden and take guided walks together in the surrounding forest. During the winter, activities include tree pruning and creative handicrafts. Additional focus is placed on body awareness, stress management and art therapy.

 

IMPACT

Since its beginnings in 2006, Green Rehab has provided rehabilitation to over 400 people. Green Rehab's success has sparked similar projects in other areas, with visitors from neighbouring countries coming to Gothenburg for inspiration.

Evaluation of the first three years has highlighted an impressive success rate, with 80% of participants returning to work or study. Before the project participants had been on sick leave for an average 1-2 years.

Participant progress is continuously monitored, with the impact of nature and gardening in the rehabilitation process becoming the topic of a PhD project. 

 
Working with seedlings.
© Gothenburg Botanical Garden

 

PRACTITIONERS & SPONSORS

Eva-Lena Larsson, Director of Public Activities, Gothenburg Botanical Garden, eva-lena.larsson@vgregion.se

Gothenburg Botanical Garden

Region Västra Götaland