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Helsinki University Botanic Garden

Finland - Helsinki

Institution Code: H

International Agenda Registration: Y
BGCI Member: Y

The main glasshouse, dating from 1889, in the old collections in Kaisaniemi.
The main glasshouse, dating from 1889, in the old collections in Kaisaniemi.

About the Helsinki University Botanic Garden

Helsinki University Botanic Garden is the oldest scientific garden in Finland. It was established in 1678 in Turku, and move to Helsinki in 1829. It is now part of the Finnish Museum of Natural History, which is an independent institution of the University of Helsinki, and also a national collection.

Main Address:
Helsinki University Botanic Garden
PO Box 7
Unioninkatu 44
FI-00014 Helsinki Finland

Telephone: 358 9 191 50041
Fax: 358 9 191 50033
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr. Marko Hyvärinen
    Curator's Name: Mr. Leo Junikka
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Mr. Leo Junikka
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 9
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number: 3
    Administration Staff Number: 3

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: N
    Status: State: Y
    Status: Educational: Y
    Status: Municipal: N
    Status: Satellite: N
    Status: Trust: N
  • Date founded: 1678
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: N
  • Landscaped Area: Y
    Landscaped Area: Size: 11 Hectares
  • Total Area: 11 Hectares
    Latitude: 60.1833
    Longitude: 24.9500
    Annual Rainfall: 650 mm
    Altitude: 10.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 1353 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Helsingin yliopiston kasvitieteellinen puutarha
  • Local Address: PL 44 (Jyrängöntie 2), 00014 HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
  • Locality: City: Helsinki
  • Locality: State:

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Y
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 3100000
    Arboretum: Y
    Arboretum Size: 7
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: N
    Seed Bank: Y
    Published Plant Catalogue: Y
    Computer Plant Record System: Y
  • Open to public: Y
    Friends society: Y
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Y
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Y
    Disabled access: Y
  • Number of Visitors: 50000
    Number of Volunteers: 10

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 8250
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 4400
  • Special Collections:Old collection in Kaisaniemi: systematic beds, systematically arranged woody plants collection, tropical and subtropical glasshouses. Specialities include wild African violets (Saintpaulia) and bananas (Musa).
    New collections in Kumpula: geobotanical collection only with wild-collected material of known origin from Europe, North America, the continental Far East, and Japan; ethnobotanical collection with economic plants and ornamentals.
  • Plant Collection Policy: Y

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Y
    Medicinal Plant Programme: N
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Y
    Reintroduction Programme: Y

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: N
    Plant Breeding: N
    Conservation - Biology: Y
    Conservation - Genetics: N
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: N
    Ecology: Y
    Ecosystem Conservation: N
    Education: N
    Ethnobotany: N
    Exploration: N
    Floristics: Y
    Horticulture: Y
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: N
    Molecular Genetics: N
    Pollination Biology: N
    Restoration Ecology: N
    Seed/Spore Biology: N
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Y
    Sustainability: N
    Pharmacology: N
    Agriculture: N
    Land Restoration: N
    Urban Environments: Y

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: N
    Education Signs in Garden: Y
    Public Lectures/Talks: N
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Y
    Guided Tours: Y
    Permanent Public Displays: N
    Special Exhibitions: Y
    Courses for School Children: N
    Courses for University/College Students: Y
    Courses for General Public: N
    Education Programme: Y