Welcome to Purwodadi Botanic Garden
Purwodadi Botanic Garden which is also known as Hortus Ilkim Kering Purwodadi was founded on January 30, 1941, by Dr. L.G.M. Baas Becking. This garden is one of the 3 divisions of the Indonesian Botanic Garden (Kebun Raya Bogor) which function is collecting plants live in dry lowlands. Purwodadi Botanic Garden is a Plant Conservation Center under and responsible to the Botanic Garden Plant Conservation Center, Deputy for Biological Sciences-LIPI (Indonesian Institute of Sciences).
Johannes Viets was the first Dutchman leading the Purwodadi Botanic Garden, in 1941-1942, with his appointment as the leader on January 30, 1941, Johannes Viets laid down the basic patterns of botanical garden development. The important thing he did was that the area of the Purwodadi Botanic Garden that had just been obtained from the community was in the form of paddy fields and yards which were planted with ground cover plants and lamtoro to increase soil fertility naturally. In 1943, the Purwodadi Botanic Garden was led by the Japanese, namely Tanaka. During his leadership, Tanaka built the main road that divides the garden in two, as well as other roads running from north to south. After the independence period until now, Purwodadi Botanic Garden was led by the Indonesian people, except in 1949-1954, namely by a Dutchman H.O. van Leusen. Moestopo (1945-1949) was the first Indonesian to lead the Purwodadi Botanic Garden. Initially, this garden was used for research activities on plantation crops. Then in 1954, the basics of gardening began to be applied, namely by starting to make compartments of collected plants. Purwodadi Botanic Garden was opened to the public for the first time during Sarwana’s leadership. The inauguration of the opening was carried out on March 10, 1963. After the opening of the Botanic Gardens to the public, the construction of physical facilities and the development of a garden management system were increasingly encouraged. Since 1980 some of the plants have been reorganized according to ethnic groups that adhere to the Engler and Prantl classification systems. The Perfection of vacancies, construction of office buildings, the addition of collections through exploration, exchange of seeds became the next program of the Purwodadi Botanic Gardens. In its development, Purwodadi Botanic Garden Plant Conservation Center is expected to become the center for conservation and research of Indonesia’s dry lowland plants.
Vision and Mission
To become a world-class Botanical Garden in the field of conservation and research on Indonesian dry lowland plants, as well as gardening information and services.
- Conserving Indonesia’s dry lowland plant diversity;
- Develop research in the field of diversity and utilization of Indonesia’s dry lowland plants;
- Managing the collection of living plants and other collections, which are stored in the Purwodadi Botanical Gardens;
- Increase knowledge, awareness, and public concern about plant diversity and its vital role in human life, as well as the threats faced and the importance of efforts to conserve plant diversity;
- Improve the quality of services and information in the field of plantations;
- Creating a stable and effective management system to support the achievement of the Purwodadi Botani Garden Vision.
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