botanical gardens are for, and what the basic tasks of the
experts, the botanists, are, we have already described
(Concerning the Garden). Apart from these primary tasks,
we are attempting to bring individual activities in the
Garden up to date (in line with world trends, but also,
and primarily, in accordance with our financial
capacities). In 2003 we set up a small laboratory for the
in vitro cultivation of rare and endangered plants of the
New ex situ conservation programme is starting in the
spring 2008. By a special licence of the Croatian Nature
Protection Agency, The Botanical Garden is allowed to
propagate an sell Degenia velebitica, protected,
and a very rare Croatian stenoednemic plant species. We
intend to expand the program to several other endemic
plant species as well. This will contribute to protecting
the natural populations from extinction caused by
unconscious collecting of the plants.
The computer database set
up the previous year (data input in progress) will
facilitate the monitoring of plants growing in the garden
(in the future this will be partially accessible on-line).
The database will contain scientific (nomenclature,
systematics, ecology) and practical (cultivation, history,
Our objective is to modernise the existing seed room and
to set up a seed-bank for the high-quality storage of the
plant seeds collected in the Garden and in natural
habitats (especially of endemic, rare and threatened
plants of the Croatian flora).
For some years now we have been running a project for the
renovation of the Velebit Botanical Garden on Zavi×an.