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Ghent University Botanic Garden

Belgium - Ghent

Institution Code: GENT

International Agenda Registration: N
BGCI Member: Y

View of the big pond.
View of the big pond.

About the Ghent University Botanic Garden

The Ghent University Botanical Garden was established at its present location in 1902. It covers 2.75 ha, 4 000 m² of which are heated and unheated greenhouses, and houses over ten thousand species.

Main Address:
Ghent University Botanic Garden
Plantentuin Universiteit Gent
K.L. Ledeganckstraat 35
B-9000 Belgium

Telephone: 32 (0)9 264 50 73
Fax: 32 (0)9 264 53 34
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Prof. Dr. Paul Goetghebeur
    Curator's Name: Ing. Chantal Dugardin
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Ing. Chantal Dugardin (Curator)
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 10
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Y
    Status: Educational: Y
  • Date founded: 1797
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 3 Hectares
    Latitude: 51.0333
    Longitude: 3.7168
    Annual Rainfall: 673 mm
    Altitude: 10.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 4000 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Hydrangeum vzw, Veldekensstraat 40, B-9070 Destelbergen, Belgium
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Plantentuin Universiteit Gent
  • Local Address:
  • Locality: City:
  • Locality: State:

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Y
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 6000
    Arboretum: Y
    Arboretum Size: 1
  • Seed Bank: Y
    Computer Plant Record System: Y
  • Open to public: Y
    Friends society: Y
    Disabled access: Y
  • Number of Visitors: 20000
    Number of Volunteers: 30

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:Peperomia, Rhipsalis, Kalanchoe, Cyperaceae, Sansevieria, Asparagus, Begonia, Epimedium, Hydrangeaceae, bulbs, medicinal plants, Mediterranean plants, orchids, Bromeliaceae, Araceae, succulents, Hoya, ferns

Conservation Programmes

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: Y
    Conservation - Genetics: Y
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Y
    Education: Y
    Ethnobotany: Y
    Exploration: Y
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Y
    Molecular Genetics: Y
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Y

Education Programmes

  • Education Signs in Garden: Y
    Public Lectures/Talks: 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
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A future for cacti?

The Ghent University Botanical Garden and Research Group Spermatophytes collaborate with BGCI on several projects to assess the conservation value of ex situ collections. A future for cacti? focuses on three mainly Chilean cactus genera, Copiapoa, Eriosyce and Eulychnia.