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Ghent University Botanic Garden

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Belgium - Ghent

Institution Code: GENT

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: Yes

ArbNet Accredited: Level II

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
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    Research Staff Number:
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About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
  • 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
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  • Locality: City:
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Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 6000
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 1
  • Seed Bank: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • 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
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

Research Programmes

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

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: No
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes