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Nairobi Botanic Garden

The garden is situated 1.5 kilometers from Nairobi city centre, at the Nairobi Museum ground. As a living collection, it enhances outdoor learning, using live plants. The garden is laid out in thematic displays. The themes integrate Kenya’s natural, historical and cultural heritage with plants and habitat displays.

The garden fulfils four main functions; education, research, conservation and recreation. Currently, the garden is home to some 600 indigenous and 100 exotic plant species and cultivars growing in 11 of the proposed 16 thematic displays. With its picturesque landscape, beauty, serenity and indigenous plants, it is a haven for biodiversity.

Visitor information

Visit the Nairobi Botanic Garden and learn about plants, their uses, names, habitats, adaptations, and their interactions with the environment, animals and much more. Groups can make bookings through the NMK Education department. Also, the garden hosts special international and national events and exhibitions.

Events

  • World Biodiversity day
  • World Environment day
  • National tree planting
  • International museums day

Education and Outreach

NBG promotes environmental education and supports plant sciences including; breeding, plant adaptation, ecology, ethno and economic botany, taxonomy and biodiversity conservation. The garden provides guided tours for the public, groups, school-outdoor classes, specialized demonstration classes and also supports outreach programmes for public institutions.

Research and Conservation

NBG promotes conservation through cultivation. The garden supports research and collaborates with other research and educational institutions including, museums, research departments and individuals. NBG research interests include taxonomy and conservation. These groups include Orchids, rare and endangered plants, landscape plants, medicinal herbs, succulents, wild food plants, grasses, Cycads and indigenous trees. To support these programmes, the garden propagates and sells seedlings at the nursery, maintains species on display and provides relevant information about these plants. In addition, the garden supports habitat restoration with partners around the country.

Venue hire

The garden has lawns and open spaces for use by the visiting public. For private events, theatre, parties, photo sessions, leisure activities, group meetings etc, contact NMK marketing for more information.

Support Us

Nairobi Botanic garden’s main source of financial support is from the government, grant-making institutions and individual sponsors, sale of nursery plants and letting the Garden as a venue for events. With your support, we can organize more quality events and lectures, develop educational activities, and provide even better information, research and services at the Garden.

To date we have had support from the Finland Embassy in Nairobi, Netherlands embassy in Nairobi, DFID, Brooke Bond Kenya, TOTAL Kenya, GEF, Kenya Horticultural Society, Kenya Museum Society, Kenya Orchids Society, DFID, BCC, RELMA-ICRAF, Succulenta EA, Donations to the Garden in cash or kind are always welcome.

A corporate link with the Garden provides unique opportunities for you to reach your clients and enhance your brand profile. The garden can host events, engage your staff and help you sustain the Corporate Social Responsibilities of your company. Your help counts.

For information on current needs, please contact us through: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . Also, see the list of pending projects in need of funding.

Contact us

The Manager,
Nairobi Botanic Garden, P.O. Box 40658-00100 GPO, Nairobi, Kenya Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it (Attn: Botanic Gardens Manager) Fax: 254-20-3741424 Tel: 254 20 4448930/3, 254 20 3742131/4

Website: www.museums.or.ke