The Carnivorous Plant FAQ v. 11.5
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The International Carnivorous Plant Society

From the FAQ Library:

Botanical gardens with carnivorous plants


Pinguicula caerulea
Pinguicula caerulea
The following tremendously incomplete list is just a sample of places where carnivorous plants may be seen in cultivation. I cannot include a site if I have never heard about it! If you want a site listed, tell me about it by e-mailing me (barry(at)sarracenia.com).

What data do I include? Just the bare bones. If I started to include more information, this page would become unmanageable. (What, do I look like a public relations staffer?) It is up to you to call the garden and find out how to get there, when they are open, or how much it costs.

Information is approximately alphabetically listed in order of Country, then State/Province, and finally by name. As the list grows, I will refine its presentation.

Disclaimers, disclaimers, disclaimers
Utricularia calycifida
Utricularia calycifida
Australia

Royal Botanic Gardens (MT. Tomah)
Contact data: Web Site
Comments: This cool climate garden is a satellite of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney (see below). It is in the Blue Mountains about 2 hours drive west of Sydney. The carnivorous plants are displayed in a bog garden (recreating a native "hanging swamp"), developed with much assistance from the Australasian Carnivorous Plant Society. There is 40 or so species including many local bog plants and carnivores such as Drosera and Utricularia anad other carnivores. I have not visited it.

Royal Botanic Gardens (Sydney)
Contact data: Web Site
Comments: Most of the carnivorous plants are displayed in the Sydney Tropical Centre. At any one time there is a minimum of 30 Nepenthes. The display also includes other carnivores including Heliamphora, Sarracenia, Pinguicula, Dionaea, Drosera and Utricularia; many donated by members of the Australasian Carnivorous Plant Society. Most of the plants are arranged around informative and amusing interpretive panels (entitled "SEX & DEATH - Orchids carnivorous plants and us"). I visited it in 2007, and was impressed by the fine collections.

Canada

Jardin Botanique de Montreal/Montreal Botanical Garden (Quebec)
Contact data: Web Site
Comments: Although the public display of carnivorous plants is not extensive, this much-loved site gets consistently high reviews. It functions as the headquarter of a Canadian carnivorous plant society. I have not visited it.

University of Calgary (Alberta)
Contact data: Science B building, use the phone book.
Comments: There is a small collection here in the teaching facility. Public visitation may or may not be allowed. Call ahead. I have not visited it.

France

Jardin des plantes/Paris
Contact data: 75005 Paris
Comments: Plants are supposedly in excellent collection, compacted into two cases at the entrance of the "Serre tropicale". A fine selection of plants, but I have not visited it.

Germany

Bonn
Contact data: Web Site
Comments: A small collection but with some real rarities on show. Outside in the gardens there is a well presented bog garden with a range of temperate carnivorous plants. I have not visited it.

Holland

Hortus Botanicus Leiden/Botanical Garden of Leiden
Contact data: Web Site
Comments: A nice set of carnivores, and a large Nepenthes collection--at least twenty-five, and most are quite large. I have not visited it.

Japan

Yumenoshima Tropical Greenhouse Dome/Tokyo
Contact data: 3-2, Yume-no-shima, Koto-ku , Tokyo
Comments: Supposedly 150 plants, including Nepenthes, Heliamphora, Sarracenia, Pinguicula, Dionaea, Drosera and Utricularia. Its collection of Drosera reportedly includes a lot of unique Japanese hybrids. I have not visited it.

New Zealand

Wellington Botanical Gardens, Wellington
Contact data: Web Site
Comments: The staff seem to be under the impression that all carnivorous plants are tropical, and so insist on putting them all in the hothouse. As you would expect, many of the plants are sickly as a result of this abuse. However, the Nepenthes are definitely worth seeing. I have not visited it.

Winter Gardens, Auckland
Comments: In the past, one of the glasshouses has had several nice large Nepenthes in hanging baskets. I have not visited it.

UK

Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Contact data: Web Site
Comments: Usually has a fine display of Pinguicula. The status of the carnivorous plant display is tenuous. I have not visited it.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Contact data: Web Site
Comments: The hothouses have several highland Nepenthes in hanging baskets. The cooler section of the hothouses also contain a reasonable array of temperate carnivorous plants. I have not visited it.

Down House
Comments: Charles Darwin's home and no doubt a fascinating place worth visiting in its own right. Supposedly, the greenhouse contains a good collection of carnivorous plants. Darwin was very interested in carnivorous plants.

Edinburgh Botanical Gardens (Scotland)
Comments: A small collection of carnivorous plants. Not worth travelling for, but if you are in the area then they are OK to have a look at. I have not visited it.

Oxford Botanic Garden
Comments: The high quality of this collection is due to a single former employee who built up the collection. Since his retirement the collection has been in decline but is reportedly still interesting. I have not visited it.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Contact data: Web Site
Comments: I get two kinds of reports on Kew. Some say it is a good display, mostly in the Princess of Wales Conservatory, although some plants may be in the Alpine house. On the other hand, I quite frequently hear that the collection is dreadful because of the rapid rotation of student curators that are assigned to the carnivores. Perhaps it depends upon your expectations. I have not visited the collections, so cannot mediate the diverging reports.

USA

Balboa Park, San Diego (southern California)
Contact data: Web Site
Comments: Reportedly a nice raised bog with over 100 carnivorous plants. I have not visited it. Created with help from the San Diego Carnivorous Plant Society---the web link above is to their web site for information.

California Carnivores (northern California)
Contact data: Web Site
Comments: The superb showroom of an extraordinary nursery. They accept school groups, etc. Yes, this violates my usual prohibition against putting nurseries on this page, but I the place is great and I like the proprietors. Chalk it up to favoritism.

Chattahoochee Nature Center (Roswell, Georgia)
Contact data: Web Site
Comments: By all accounts, an excellent display of native carnivorous plants in cultivation, and on a boardwalk trail.

Conservatory of Flowers (San Francisco, California)
Contact data: Web Site
Comments: An exceptionally pretty, historical (opened in 1878) Victorian glass house. It is delightful thinking how this conservatory was in operation during the great Nepenthes stovehouse era. The collection currently consists of some excellent pure species and hybrid Nepenthes definitely worth looking at!

Humboldt State University, Arcata (northern California)
Contact data: Web Site
Comments: Reportedly a nice collection, I have not visited it. The web site has lots of large, broken-link images that don't bode well.

Indiana University Greenhouse, Bloomington (Indiana)
Contact data: Web Site
Comments: Reportedly a nice collection of plants, although many are mislabelled. Holdings include Sarracenia, Nepenthes, Utricularia, Drosera, Pinguicula, Dionaea, Utricularia. I have not visited it.

Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, San Marino (southern California)
Contact data: Web Site
Comments: Reportedly a nice collection, including an artificial bog, and a nice cloud forest room. I have not visited it since the new collections opened. This site has art collections and gardens as part of its attraction.

San Diego Zoo, San Diego (southern California)
Contact data: Web Site
Comments: The zoo has a raised bog with about 40 carnivorous plants, created with help from the San Diego Carnivorous Plant Society (SDCPS). To get more information go to the SDCPS web site. I have not visited the bog yet.

University of California Botanical Garden (in Berkeley) (northern California)
Contact data: Web Site
Comments: A large botanical garden, with a single room displaying a small but well-grown collection of carnivorous plants.

University of California, Davis (northern California)
Contact data: Web Site
Comments: The Botanical Conservatory has a room filled with well-grown plants from many genera.

University of South Florida Botanical Garden (Florida)
Contact data: Web Site
Comments: This site sounds lovely. They have two bog gardens, and they emphasized species native to the USA, i.e. Sarracenia, Pinguicula, Dionaea, Drosera, and Utricularia. Nepenthes are also on display in a greenhouse.

Atlanta Botanical Gardens (Georgia)
Contact data: Web Site
Comments: A marvelous facility with a tremendous collection. Go!

University of Illinois, Champaign (Illinois)
Contact data: Web Site
Comments: A nice collection of Sarracenia grown outside.

Frederik Meijer Gardens (Michigan)
Contact data: Web Site
Comments: The grower for this site, Steve LaWarre, is a purebred carnivorous plant nut. He has developed a very neat carnivorous plant display. I have not been there, but have seen photos. It looks very nice. This collection is part of a much larger garden with artwork, etc., so there should be fun for everyone!

University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens (Michigan)
Contact data: Web Site
Comments: Supposedly, a nice selection of Nepenthes and a few Drosera. I have not visited it.

Crosby Arboretum, Mississippi State University, Picayune (Mississippi)
Contact data: Web Site
Comments: I have visited here, but the curator has told me that they have a marvelous pitcher plant bog (filled with plants from rescue operations) accessed by a boardwalk. It sounds lovely!

Missouri Botanic Gardens (Missouri)
Contact data: Web Site
Comments: MBG has a great carnivorous plant enthusiast on staff, and I'm sure their collection is excellent. I know they have many genera present in a number of displays. I have not visited it.

North Carolina Botanical Garden (North Carolina)
Contact data: Web Site
Comments: This is a site famed for its excellent carnivorous plant display. They have a nice coastal plain habitat display, as well as an excellent collection of Sarracenia in raised bog gardens.

The Berry Botanic Garden (Oregon)
Contact data: Web Site
Comments: I haven't been here, but there are two permanent bogs on exhibit, supposedly with Sarracenia, Drosera, Dionaea, Darlingtonia, and Pinguicula. Sounds good to me! Although this is open to the public, you have to call first to make reservations.

Longwood Gardens (Pennsylvania)
Contact data: Web Site
Comments: Longwood supposedly has a marvelous display of carnivores. I have not visited it.

Page citations: Personal observations; reader contributions.

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Revised: August 2010
©Barry Rice, 2005