The Botanic Gardens are a museum organisation, although our collection does not contain paintings or archaeological artefacts, but living plants. Managing a living collection of this kind calls for a very different approach. Like museums, the Botanic Gardens also serve various functions. The collections are not only intended for the public, but also for scientific research, education and to conserve plant species.


In the late 1980s, the various botanic gardens in the Netherlands reached agreed to ensure that collections are spread as well as possible across the various gardens. As a result of this, the Dutch botanic gardens provide a habitat for a wide range of plant species, genera and families. With 14 approved subcollections, the Utrecht Botanic Gardens are one of the largest participants of this overarching Dutch Plants Collection.

The Dutch Association of Botanic Gardens features extensive information about the specialisations of the Dutch botanic gardens on its website.


The Atlantis Botanic Gardens collection database contains a lot of information about the plants in our garden. Where do they come from? When did they arrive here? Where can they be found? The information is often accompanied by photographs as well as additional background. The database not only includes information about the Utrecht Gardens, but also the Hortus Amsterdam, the TU Delft Botanical Garden, Blijdorp Rotterdam, Burgers' Bush Arnhem and the Historische Tuin Aalsmeer (Aalsmeer Historical Garden).

Since this database is primarily intended for scientific research and is also consulted by international researchers, the text is completely in English. Not all of the information is available for public access. However, you can consult the database to check if a specific plant is in one of the affiliated gardens.

You can find the database interface here. Additional information and a seed list (only accessible to other gardens) are available on a special collection website.