An Index Seminum (latin which literally
translates to'List of Seeds') is a list of
seeds available for exchange between botanical institutions
around the world.
Its origins can be traced back to the summer of 1682. Dr. Paul
Hermann of Leiden University Botanic Garden, the Netherlands
visited his counterpart, John Watts, at Chelsea Physics Garden,
London and set up the first seedexchange program.
It allows botanical institutions to grow plants not available
from garden centres and other retailers and achieves the core aims
of botanic gardens of research into plants, using plants for
education and plant conservation.
Plants and seeds collected in the wild are protected by two
important international treaties - International Convention on
Biological Diversity and Convention on International
Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. These aim
to prevent over exploitation of plants & wildlife and
ensure the sharing of benefits which may arise from research and
plant introductions with countries where the plants & wildife
For this reason, selling or donating seeds from many of the
plants grown in botanical gardens to the public is not allowed.
Seed from our Index Seminum is available only to Botanical
Gardens and other research institutions.
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.
Download our 2016-7 Index Seminum