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Meadow at Botanic Garden with ox eye daisy

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.

University Museum
The afroalpine zone high above the tree line on Mt Elgon in Uganda, dominated by dwarf shrubs and the palm-like forms of giant senecios.

The enigmatic tropical alpine flora on the African sky islands is young, disturbed, and unsaturated

New insights into the evolutionary origins of unique African high mountain botanical diversity published in PNAS.

Rhododendron 'Maid of Norway' in the Arboretum

Rhododendron ‘Maid of Norway’

New Rhododendron cultivar named in honour of 25th anniversary of the Norwegian Rhododendron Society.

University Gardens Publication
Erica multumbellifera in the Western Cape

New paper from UiB-led Global Conservation Consortium for Erica

GCC Erica paper sets out challenges and a plan of action for conserving the wealth of species in biodiversity hotspots.

Stolpejakt at Milde
stolpejegerne Elisabeth og Linn på tur i Arboretet

The University Gardens are taking part in 'stolpejakten'

There are 15 'stolper' - way-point poles - to hunt down at the University Gardens at Milde this year, set out in cooperation with Stolpejakten Bergen Sør.

Forsiden av årets program, bildet viser fjellarve Cerastium alpinum

Programme of events 2022

Join us for exciting and informative events at the Arboretum, Botanic Garden and Museum Garden!

Cafe opening times

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

Blondehuset café (Arboretum): Sundays 11-15. Saturdays in May/June: 11-15. Other days open: Saturday 2nd of April, Thursday 14th April, Easter Monday 18th April, Thursday 26th May, Monday 6th June.