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The Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden, founded in 1814, belongs to the Natural History Museum of the University of Oslo. Through research, education and plant conservation, the garden seeks to increase public awareness of the importance of plant diversity. The plant collections contain approx. 5 500 species.

Map of the garden

Index seminum - seed exchange with other botanical gardens.


New Exhibition Greenhouses

The Natural History Museum of the University of Oslo is planning for new exhibition greenhouses. The concept is based on the world’s distribution of climates and vegetation. As a future visitor, you are invited to embark on a journey through four separate greenhouses and five climate zones.  You can choose to travel either northwards or southwards from the cold temperate climate of Oslo.

From the Arctic to the Tropics

The northbound trail leads directly to the Arctic climate zone, where you will experience Arctic plant life in an environment where temperature, light, and humidity are artificially controlled.

The southbound trail leads you through Mediterranean climate, desert climate, the tropical Rainforest, and - finally - the tropical cloud forest on the mountain slopes.

Each zone demonstrates plant life from different parts of the world with similar climate. For example, Mediterranean climate exists in five different areas of the world. Each of these areas is characterized by its own plant life adapted to Mediterranean climate, however with different evolutionary origins.

Tropical rainforest is the biggest climate zone, consisting of nearly 2,000 square meters.

The project is in its engineering face in 2016. The project is managed by Statsbygg, the Norwegian government's key advisor in construction and property affairs, building commissioner, property manager and property developer.  Read about the exhibition greenhouses on their website (in Norwegian).

The Viking Garden

Willow sculptures

The greenhouses

The greenhouses were built in 1868 and 1876. The Palm House contains the Evolution Room, Mediterranean Room and Desert Room. The Victoria House was specially constructed for the giant waterlily of the Amazonas, and also contains many other tropical plants.

The Systematic Garden

The Systematic Garden demonstrates the family relationships among plants. Botanical systematics have undergone great changes in recent years due to genetic analysis, which yields new knowledge of these relationships. This garden is frequently used for teaching purposes.

Great-granny's Garden

The plants in Great-granny’s Garden are collected from old gardens. Many of them are no longer commercially available, but are preserved here in a living archive. The garden is particularly designed for people suffering from dementia – the familiar scents, old-fashioned benches and other traditional elements have a comforting effect and improve their memory.

The Rock Garden

The Rock Garden contains alpine plants from all over the world. The miniature mountain landscape includes a meandering creek, ending in a small waterfall and pond. The flowering season starts in April and is at its peak in May and June.

The Herb Garden

The Herb Garden contains both medicinal and poisonous plants, spices and culinary herbs, fiber plants and plants used for dyeing. In The Kitchen Garden you find vegetables, grains, fruits and berries.

The Scented Garden

The Aromatic Garden is specially designed for the visually impaired (labels in Braille), and wheelchair users (raised beds).


The Botanical Garden participates in the international efforts to preserve endangered species. Endangered plants can be found in several areas of the garden. Norwegian endangered species are particularly found on The Oslo Ridge.

The Arboretum

In addition to familiar Scandinavian trees and bushes, The Arboretum contains many that are exotic and rare on our latitudes, like walnut, Southern Beech and tulip tree, as well as “living fossils” like ginkgo. The spring blooming in The Arboretum is spectacular.

Published Apr. 24, 2009 9:28 AM - Last modified June 27, 2018 10:55 AM