Ventnor Botanic Garden

Last updated: 22 November 2022

Address and contact details
Undercliff Drive, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1UL
Tel: 01983 855397
Web site:
Latitude: 50° 35' 16" N
Longitude: 01° 13' 53" W
Background to the collection
Year founded:1971
Ownership:Ventnor Botanic Garden CIC
Garden code:VENTN
Umbrella organisation:PlantNetwork, Botanic Gardens Conservation International, National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens
Director: John T Curtis
Curator: Chris Kidd
Garden Team Leader: Jason Melia
Volunteer Coordinator: Luke Gunner
Contact person: Chris Kidd
Total Staff:20
Total Horticultural Staff:10
Physical environment
Altitude:10 m
Soil type:Alkaline
Total area:11 ha
Area heated:600 m²
Weather recordsRecords kept
Direction:South and west
Strength:Above average
Plant collection
Geographical area(s) of specialisation:
Australia, Southwestern Europe, Southern Africa, New Zealand, North and Central Mexico, Southern South America
Special families within the collections:
Boraginaceae, Bromeliaceae, Cactaceae, Pittosporaceae, Agavaceae, Myrtaceae, Aloeaceae, Aizoaceae, Arecaceae
Special genera within the collections:
Puya, Kniphofia, Lampranthus, Delosperma, Opuntia, Eucalyptus, Correa, Echium, Prostanthera
Special collections:
PlantHeritage (NCCPG) National Collection of hardy and half hardy Puya
Part of South Wight SSSI
Record Keeping:Kept since 1988
Record System:Bespoke database
Facilities on site
Library:No, but reference library to be located in new visitor's centre
Research facilities:No
Publications:Garden guide, Index seminum
Identifications:Undertakes free identifications for the general public. Internal verification of material
Teaching and Education:Primary, secondary, potential for higher and taxonomic
Interpretation:Supervised garden walks, signs, brochures, lectures
Friends Organisation:Yes
Visitor facilities:Restaurant, plant shop, gift shop
Access to the collections
Public access:Paid entry
Visitors per year:7,000
Public opening hours:Mon-Sun: All year except Christmas Day
Guiding principles behind the collection
Sustainably grown representatives of floras from the Subtropical regions of the world.
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