The Oman Botanic Garden (1)

The Vision, Early Plant Collections and Propagation

  • Annette Patzelt Oman Botanic Garden
  • Leigh Morris Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
  • Laila Al Harthi Oman Botanic Garden
  • Ismail Al Rashdi Oman Botanic Garden
  • Andrew Spalton


The Oman Botanic Garden (OBG) is a new botanic garden which is being constructed on a 423ha site near to Muscat, the capital of Oman. Oman is floristically rich and is considered a centre of plant diversity in the Arabian Peninsula. The plan is that OBG will showcase this plant diversity, inform visitors of its value and provide a model for sustainability. This paper, part 1, covers the vision, early plant collections and propagation, and part 2, which will be included in Sibbaldia No. 7, will cover design, construction, interpretation and planting.

Author Biographies

Annette Patzelt, Oman Botanic Garden
Annette Patzelt is the Senior Botanist at the Oman Botanic Garden
Leigh Morris, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Leigh Morris is Head of Education at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Laila Al Harthi, Oman Botanic Garden
Laila Al Harthi is a botanist at the Oman Botanic Garden
Ismail Al Rashdi, Oman Botanic Garden
Ismail Al Rashdi is a horticulturist at the Oman Botanic Garden
Andrew Spalton
Andrew Spalton is the Adviser for Conservation of the Environment at the Diwan of the Royal Court, Oman.


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How to Cite
Patzelt, A., Morris, L., Al Harthi, L., Al Rashdi, I., & Spalton, A. (2008). The Oman Botanic Garden (1). Sibbaldia: The International Journal of Botanic Garden Horticulture, (6), 41-77.