The Garden Today
In the public area today (1 ha), there are around 500 species, mostly trees and shrubs, and approximately 200 succulents in the greenhouse. Many introduced plant species, which are not on display to the public, grow on the former experimental fields, which are now under reconstruction, following many years of neglect. Besides research into plant acclimatization, the education of visitors and children, and being a tourist attraction, there is also a possibility of growing local plants that are threatened in the wild. This will help to protect them in their natural habitat. Today, the garden is a part of the Institute for Marine and Coastal Research, University of Dubrovnik. It has one botanist and one part-time gardener. Although the garden is forty years old, it is still far from its final appearance.
In the public area of the botanical garden, plant species are grouped mainly according to the plant family, or, in some cases, according to the same conditions they require (for example: rockery). The map shows the location of the most represented plant families in the botanical garden.
Probably the most attractive part of the garden is the one with the succulents. Cacti (fam. Cactaceae), puyas (fam. Bromeliaceae) and agaves (fam. Agavaceae) are planted here, mostly of American origin.
Most plant species are labeled. Engraved slates show the scientific (Latin) name of species (besides the Croatian name, if it exists), the origin and name of the plant family. Other specimens of the same species, if there are any, are marked with smaller slates; with the name and number. Palms (fam. Arecaceae) give a tropical view to part of the garden. These are mostly of American origin, represented with the genera Butia, Erythea, Washingtonia, etc. Adult plants are not protected in winter. In summer, they need plenty of watering.
Eucalyptus (fam. Myrtaceae) are evergreen and fast-growing trees common to Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania. Seven hundred species have been described. They consist mostly of trees or shrubs of dry woods, often salt-resistant. In the 1980's, Australian experts estimated that the eucalyptus collection in this botanical garden (around 70 species) was the richest collection of these trees outside the Australian continent.
Location of the most represented plant families in botanical garden.