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Index Seminum

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 originate. 

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 here