The following is a list of criteria that may be met in part or whole by any institution that is considered to be a botanic garden:

  • A reasonable degree of permanence
  • An underlying scientific basis for the collections
  • Proper documentation of the collections, including 
  • wild origin
  • Monitoring of the plants in the collections
  • Adequate labelling of the plants
  • Open to the public
  • Communication of information to other gardens, institutions and the public
  • Exchange of seed or other materials with other botanic gardens, arboreta or research institutions
  • Undertaking of scientific or technical research on plants in the collections
  • Maintanence of research programs in plant taxonomy in associated herbari
  • .from:
  • : a garden often with greenhouses for the culture, study, and exhibition of special plants —called also bo*tan*ic garden,


    Botanic garden may refer to

     -Botanical garden, a formal garden, often containing interesting rare and          unusual plants and planting arrangements, open to the public

    Botanic Garden (BMT Franklin Avenue Shuttle station), a subway station on the Franklin Avenue Shuttle of the New York City Subway system serving the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    The Botanic Garden, a book published by Erasmus Darwin\


    •  The following definition was produced by staff of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium of Cornell University in 1976. It covers in some detail the many functions and activities generally associated with botanical gardens:[1]

      A botanical garden is a controlled and staffed institution for the maintenance of a living collection of plants under scientific management for purposes of education and research, together with such libraries, herbaria, laboratories, and museums as are essential to its particular undertakings. Each botanical garden naturally develops its own special fields of interests depending on its personnel, location, extent, available funds, and the terms of its charter. It may include greenhouses, test grounds, an herbarium, an arboretum, and other departments. It maintains a scientific as well as a plant-growing staff, and publication is one of its major modes of expression.



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