It's been said that there really is no wrong time to visit the Botanical Garden—preserved, owned, and cultured by Sweden's Lund University. When the weather is not optimal for outdoor exploration, visitors can seek refuge inside the array of green houses and admire exotic plants and nature from various parts of the world. On a warm summer evening the gardens are the ideal place for relaxing on a blanket and enjoying the natural surroundings with friends and family, or casually taking a long stroll.
A university garden has existed in Lund since 1690 and was earlier located on the present site of the university building. Today there are over 7,000 species grown on eight hectares (20 acres) in the middle of Lund. The garden runs a diversified operation within the areas of botany, gardening, and ecology, not only for education and research but also for the public sector and other areas. In 1974 Lund's Botanical Garden was named a historical landmark.
The Botanical Garden at Lund University is part of Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI). BGCI is a membership organization representing a network of 500 botanic gardens in more than 100 countries, including the largest and most influential gardens in the sector. The organization proudly serves as a global voice for botanic gardens worldwide—championing and celebrating their inspiring work. BGCI was established in 1987, with the mission to link botanic gardens across the world through a global conservation network. BGCI supports the development and implementation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) at a global, regional, national, and local level, working directly with member and other plant conservation organizations to carry out threat assessments, seed conservation, ecological restoration, plant health, and education projects around the world. BGCI is the largest plant conservation network in the world, and aims to collect, conserve, characterize, and cultivate samples from the world's plants as an insurance policy against their extinction in the wild, and as a source of plant material for human innovation, adaptation, and resilience. The BGCI network includes globally significant off-site conservation collections, covering approximately one third of known plant diversity; world class seed banks; glass houses and tissue culture infrastructures; and technical knowledge networks covering all aspects of plant conservation policy, practice, and education. BGCI is in a prime position to promote an efficient, cost-effective, and rational approach to plant conservation in botanic gardens.