An Index Seminum is a list of seeds available for
exchange between botanical institutions around the world. It allows
gardens to grow plant taxa otherwise unavailable and achieves the
core aims of botanic gardens of research into plants, using plants
for education and facilitating plant conservation.
Plants and seeds collected in the wild are protected by the
International Convention on Biological Diversity (1992) and under
terms of the Nagoya Protocol (2010). For this reason, selling or
donating seeds from many of the plants grown in botanical
gardens to the public is not allowed.
If you are a member of the public and do wish seed from the
garden, members of Friends of Ness
Gardens are able to have seed from a separate list - to find
out more click here.
Seed from our Index Seminum is available only to Botanical
Gardens and other research institutions and is only supplied on the
- The seeds will be used for research, education, conservation
and the development of botanical gardens and botanical
- Information on the material will be appropriately stored and
- Any commercial use or transfer of items, including its products
or derived resources, to a third party with commercial intentions
will require the permission of Ness Botanic Gardens. Such
commercialisation will be subject to the conditions of a separate
agreement with the country of origin.
By ordering seed or other plant material, the recipient accepts
and pledges to respect the above conditions.
Download our 2015 Index Seminum