Gothenburg botanical garden, inaugurated in 1923, belonged until 2001 to the city of Gothenburg. Since 2001 it is part of Region Västra Götaland. One of the prominent botanists who created the garden was Carl Skottsberg, who made several research trips around the globe to collect the rare plants of the garden.
One of the larger botanical gardens in Europe
Gothenburg botanical garden is one of the larger botanic gardens in Europe with an area of 175 hectares. Of these around 40 hectares are intensely cultivated. The rest is a nature reserve. About 15000 species and cultivars (varieties) are cultivated. Among these are a number of important scientific plant collections, i.e. bulbous plants, alpines and temperate trees. Well-known are also the annual horticultural plantations of bedding plants greeting the visitors near the entrance.
Education and research
A basic activity for the garden ever since the start has been to carry on education and scientific research. As an official municipal establishment, horticulture and recreation have also been important components. From 1936 the garden has an active collaboration with Gothenburg University.
Basically all higher education in West Sweden concerning plants is still carried out in or in the vicinity of the Botanical Garden. From 2010 the garden has its own educators serving the schools in the region. From 2006 garden therapy has been added as another important activity.
The most beautiful park in Sweden
In 2003 the garden was appointed "The most beautiful park in Sweden". A number of its employees also have been presented with both Swedish and international marks of distinction. Gothenburg botanical garden is one of the foremost tourist attractions in W Sweden with about 500,000 visitors per year.