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Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses

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United Kingdom - West Midlands - Birmingham

Institution Code: BMBG

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

About the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses

Birmingham Botanical & Horticultural Society, an educational charity manage the gardens, which were opened in 1832. Designed by J. C. Loudon the general layout is much the same today. The glasshouse ranges are mid-nineteenth century. The garden has also had a zoological collection since 1910, which is currently entirely ornithological.

Main Address:
Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses
Westbourne Road
West Midlands B15 3 TR United Kingdom

Telephone: 44 (0)121 454 1860
Fax: 44 (0)121 454 7835
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: J.W.Wheeler BA
    Curator's Name: J.W.Wheeler BA
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 8
    Educational Staff Number: 2
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 15

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: Yes
  • Date founded: 1829
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: No
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 3 Hectares
  • Total Area: 6 Hectares
    Latitude: 52.466492
    Longitude: -1.929637
    Annual Rainfall: 750 mm
    Altitude: 143.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 1350 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: No
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    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: 170000
    Number of Volunteers: 50

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 7500
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 6400
  • Special Collections:General tropical and temperate collections, with an emphasis on economic and food plants to support our educational role.

    Lilium, Cyclamen, Pelargonium species, E.H.Wilson plants, plants with connections to the Midlands of England

    National Collection of Bonsai: (Co-ordinated by the Friends of the National bonsai Collection)

    ICCP partner
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: No
    ABS Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

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

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: No
    Conservation - Biology: No
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: No
    Ecology: No
    Ecosystem Conservation: No
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: No
    Exploration: No
    Floristics: No
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: No
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: No
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: No
    Sustainability: No
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: 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
    Education Programme: Yes