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Montgomery Botanical Center

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United States of America - Florida - Coral Gables

Institution Code: MONTG

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

ArbNet Accredited: Level IV

Circinate vernation in the Cycas tansachana, a critically endangered cycad in protective cultivation at the Montgomery Botanical Center
Circinate vernation in the Cycas tansachana, a critically endangered cycad in protective cultivation at the Montgomery Botanical Center

About the Montgomery Botanical Center

The mission of the Montgomery Botanical Center, a non-profit institution, is to advance science, education, conservation and horticultural knowledge of tropical plants, emphasizing palms and cycads, and to exemplify excellent botanical garden design.

The Montgomery Botanical Center carries out its mission by collecting seeds from wild populations of tropical plants around the world, particularly seeds of palms and cycads. Montgomery germinates these seeds in its nursery and grows the resulting plants in population-based, documented, scientific collections. Montgomery fosters, and participates in, scientific research by collecting and maintaining scientific data on its collections, by making its collections and scientific data available to scientists for research purposes, and by disseminating this research and data through scientific publications. Montgomery cooperates with many botanical institutions and countries around the world by making its plant collections, knowledge and expertise available to their scientists, educators, and students. Montgomery explains its mission and operations to the general public through workshops, lectures, publications and tours of the plant collections in its garden.

Montgomery hosts Nationally Accredited Palm, Cycad, and Tropical Conifer Collections certified by the Plant Collections Network (PCN) of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA):

Main Address:
Montgomery Botanical Center
11901 Old Cutler Road
Coral Gables
Florida 33156 United States of America

Telephone: (305) 667-3800
Fax: (305) 661-5984
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr. M. Patrick Griffith, Executive Director
    Curator's Name:
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Claudia Calonje, Collections Database Supervisor
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 15
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number: 6
    Administration Staff Number: 2

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1959
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
  • Total Area: 49 Hectares
    Latitude: 25.6630270
    Longitude: -80.2808510
    Annual Rainfall: 1524 mm
    Altitude: 4.50 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 40
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 6443
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 1186
  • Special Collections:International collections of tropical plants emphasizing palms and cycads, with a secondary emphasis on tropical conifers. Each of these three collections are Nationally Accredited Plant Collections, certified by the Plant Collections Network (PCN) of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA).
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

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

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Exploration: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Molecular Genetics: Yes
    Pollination Biology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes

Education Programmes

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