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Argotti Botanic Gardens & Resource Centre
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The Argotti Botanic Gardens & Resource Centre at Floriana forms part of the University of Malta and their development as a botanic garden dates back to the early 19th century when the first Chair of Natural History was established. Argotti started of as a private garden of Bailiff Ignatius de Argote y Guzman in the 1740's and still has several original architectural features dating back to this period including the unique Nymphaeum and the Summer Villa.

At present Argotti maintains the national herbarium and the living botanical collection of predominantly Mediterranean type plants. It is also involved in teaching and research activities with several departments including the Department of Biology, Department of Conservation and Built Heritage, Department of Architecture and Urban Design and Institute of Earth Systems. Biology related research projects focus on plant conservation, ecology and bioactive plants extracts. It is also involved in several EU-funded projects. Additionally, the gardens serve as an open classroom for primary and secondary school children of various ages who are invited to attend guided tours and activities tailored to the students' age and educational level. Furthermore, the gardens are open to local and foreign visitors and group tours are organised upon request.

Argotti is the Commonwealth's third oldest botanical garden.

Go to our History section to find out more about Argotti's past.

We are not accepting visitors at the moment due to ongoing clearing and light pruning work.


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