The University Gardens

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A bare branch of Ginkgo biloba against a wintery Fana fjord

The University Gardens are Bergen's three botanical gardens.

The Museum Garden is the tranquil extension to the University Museum's iconic Natural History building in the city centre, and the Arboretum and Botanical Garden occupy an area of stunning natural beauty 23 km south of Bergen centre at Milde.

The gardens staff includes horticulturalists and academics at the University of Bergen (UiB). We curate and develop the collections in support of active research projects at the University Museum, within, and outside UiB. We also maintain landcapes and plants for their own beauty, contribute to conservation efforts by special efforts with endangered species, and cultivate material for use in events, outreach, and teaching. 

Take a break to wander through the green haven of the Museum garden in the middle of the city and attend a lunchtime tour. Or come to Milde and experience nature, lose yourself in the maze at the Botanical Garden. Follow us on social media and watch out for our regular special events at all three gardens.

We are open to the visiting public all year round and without entrance fees.

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Securing the dying oak at the Rosarium

In an arboretum, all trees are important, both the living and the dying. We have secured one of the oak trees above the Rosarium that is dying back.

Årringen 2020-2021

Årringen 2020-2021

The yearbook came out at the beginning of December, including a major article on forests and the history behind the many non-native conifers found in the Arboretum.


Hemlock are falling

Felling of large western hemlock trees is under way, and this means a big change in the forest scene in the Arboretum. We hope the public understands that this is an absolutely necessary measure.


Seed collection in Trøndelag

As a scientific garden, it is important that we collect seeds in nature. With wild-collected seed, we know for sure where the plant originated. We collect seeds both for our own use and for the national seed bank.

Bergen botanical garden
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Research on insect-friendly outdoor furniture

Bergen Botanical Garden has received garden furniture with integrated insect hotels in order to research the insect diversity in such furniture.

Cafe opening times

Icookkitchen (Botanic Garden): open every Saturday and Sunday from 11-17 (if there is no storm).

Blondehuset café (Arboretum): Sundays 11-15 open throughout October.