The garden encompasses living ex situ plant biodiversity collections, a herbarium and a seed collection.

Living collections of the Ghent University Botanical Garden

The Ghent University Botanical Garden houses about 10 000 plant species, and serves an important role in our scientific research (click here for more information concerning research involving our living collection) and education (guided tours for students, plant material for practical courses, …).

The garden includes open air collections of hardy plants arranged along thematic lines (rock garden, mediterranean garden, arboretum, medicinal plants) or according to their phylogenetic relationships (systematic collections of Basal Angiosperms, Monocots and Eudicots). The greenhouses provide a home for tropical and subtropical plant groups. There are three large public greenhouses and more than 20 smaller ones which are dedicated to specialised collections.

More information about the garden is available through the garden website.
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Ghent University Herbarium

Linked to the Ghent University Botanical Garden, there is also a herbarium (acronym GENT).

Click here for more information about research involving the Ghent University Herbarium collections. More information about the herbarium is available through our partner page at Index Herbariorum.

Herbarium contact information:
Department of Biology
Ghent University
K. L. Ledeganckstraat 35
9000 Ghent
Tel: +32 (0)9 264 50 58
Fax: +32 (0)9 264 53 34

Curators of the collections:
Algae Herbarium: Prof. Dr. Olivier De Clerck (RG Phycology)
Vascular Plants: Prof. Dr. Isabel Larridon (RG Spermatophytes)
Fungi Herbarium: Prof. Dr. Mieke Verbeken (RG Mycology)
Fern Herbarium: Prof. Dr. Ronald Viane (RG Pteridophyta)
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Seed collection

The Botanical Garden holds a collection of seeds of thousands of species. Harvested seeds are kept dry and dark in a refrigerator at 5°C for two years. Long-term conservation is achieved at room temperature.


The Ghent University Botanical Garden is a member of the Vereniging van Botanische tuinen en Arboreta (VBTA) (national network of botanic gardens and arboreta) and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI).

We are also included in the CITES network aiming to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.