Bogor Botanical Gardens
|Kebun Raya Bogor|
Entrance to Bogor Botanical Garden.
|Location||Bogor, West Java|
|Area||87 hectares (210 acres)|
|Created||May 18, 1817|
|Founder||Caspar Georg Carl Reinwardt|
|Operated by||Indonesian Institute of Sciences|
The Bogor Botanical Gardens (Indonesian: Kebun Raya Bogor) is a botanical garden located in Bogor, Indonesia, 60 km south of Jakarta. It is currently operated by Indonesian Institute of Sciences (Indonesian: Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia or LIPI). The Gardens are located in the city center and adjoin the presidential palace compound of Istana Bogor. It covers an area of 87 hectares (210 acres) and contain 13,983 different kinds of trees and plants of various origin. The geographic position of Bogor made it rains almost daily and even in dry season, this make the Garden an advantageous location for tropical plants cultivation.
Founded in 1817 by the order of the government of Dutch East Indies, the Garden thrived under the leadership of many renowned Botanist. Since its foundation Bogor Botanical garden have served the country as a major research center for agriculture and horticulture, a legacy that lived on until today. It is the oldest Botanical garden establishment in Southeast Asia.
The area that is now Bogor Botanical Gardens was part of the samida (man made forest) that was established at least around the era when Sri Baduga Maharaja (Prabu Siliwangi, 1474-1513) rules the Sunda Kingdom, as written in the Batutulis inscription. This forest was created to protect seeds of rare trees. The forest remain neglected after the Sundanese kingdom was destroyed in the 16th century. In 1744 the Dutch East India Company established a garden and mansion at the site of the present Botanical Gardens in Buitenzorg (now known as Bogor).
In 1811, Stamford Raffles was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Java and he took Buitenzorg Palace as his resident. During his rule in the palace, he had the garden re-landscaped into English-style garden. His wife, Olivia Mariamne Raffles, died in Buitenzorg on 26 November 1814 and was buried in Batavia. A memorial monument was built in the garden, as a commemoration for her.
's Lands Plantentuin te Buitenzorg
On May 18, 1817, 47 hectares (120 acres) of the grounds bordering the palace were established as 's Lands Plantentuin ('National Botanical Garden'). The idea of the botanic garden was introduced by German-born Dutch biologist and botanist Professor Caspar Georg Carl Reinwardt in a collaboration with 2 botanist from Kew Gardens in London. He became the first director of the Botanic Garden from 1817 to 1822. Various plants and seeds of economic potential from around the archipelago were gathered for cultivation. The first catalog of plants in the Garden recorded 914 species of plants, it was published in 1823 by the acting director Carl Ludwig Blume.
In 1830, Johannes Elias Teijsmann, a Dutch botanist, became curator of Bogor Botanic Garden and spent more than 50 years developing the Garden. Seven years later Justus Carl Hasskarl was appointed as his assistant curator and convinced the director to re-arrange the plantings in the Garden by taxonomic families. Hasskarl proposed starting a library, which was opened in 1842 as the Bibliotheca Bogoriensis, and constructing a separate building for the Herbarium Bogoriense, which was opened in 1844. J. Teijsmann wrote the second catalogue of plants which listed more than 2800 species by 1844. He have the Garden significantly expanded in 1852, with a 120 hectares (300 acres) new garden branch laid down near the mountainous town of Cibodas.
In 1848 the Garden received four seeds of West African oil palm, these trees were believed to be the mother tree in Southeast Asia from which numerous descendants were produced to support the growth of the palm oil industry in the region. However the last original mother plant died in 1933. The Garden also played major role in the introduction of Cinchona trees to Java in 1854, which would ultimately make the island the largest producer of quinine bark for malaria treatment. On May 30, 1868 the Botanic Garden are detached from the palace garden at the initiative of J. Teijsmann, making it more open to visitors.
The growth in economy and the effective directorship of Rudolph Scheffer and Melchior Treub, fueled the maturation of the garden as a leading regional center for biological study. In 1876 R. Scheffer, who was keen on agriculture development founded the "economic garden" some distance from Buitenzorg. There he had culture crops such as coffee, rubber, tobacco, soy and rice, cultivated and experimented. In 1880, M. Treub became director of the Garden and organize it into an elaborate institutions. He founded the Botanical laboratory (1884), Zoologicum Bogoriense (1894) and marine research laboratory (1904), in addition he also had the Garden expanded by 60 hectares (150 acres) in 1892. Under his leadership fundamental researches was successfully completed on diseases that threatened plants of economic importance, such as the coffee-leaf fungal disease and the sereh-disease on sugarcane plants.
The Garden enjoyed wide international attention and are regularly visited by botanist and biologist from various countries to conduct researches. This led to the opening of the new Treub's laboratory in 1914. A shortage of land occurred in 1927 due to increasing plants collection, as a result the Garden were extended east of Ciliwung river. Part of the new section was arranged in similar manner to the main Garden, with the rest laid out as large lawns, avenues, ponds, teahouses and glasshouses for orchids. In 1928, Astrid Avenue was built to honor Princess Astrid of Belgium's visit, the avenue is decorated with spectacular display of canna lilies of various colors.
A new branch of the Garden was opened near the town of Purwodadi in East Java, under the direction of the acting director Lourens Baas Becking on January 30, 1941. The new Garden was intended for tropical-dry plants cultivation, however its development was hampered by inevitable war.
On March 1942 the Japanese marched into Bogor and a year later took over directorship of both the Garden and the Herbarium. Two Japanese botanist was appointed in charge of the Botanic Garden, Professor Takenoshin Nakai (中井猛之進) as director and Kanehira (兼平) as head of the Herbarium. These two men strove to protect the Garden from Japanese soldiers who planned to have the trees from the Garden cut down for war lumber supplies. Under the Japanese the Garden was renamed Shokubutsugaku (植物園) (Botanical Garden).
Kebun Raya Bogor
The Dutch returned to Indonesia after the Japanese surrender, and retake management of the Garden from 1945 to 1949. After the Dutch recognition of Indonesia as a sovereign state, the Ministry of Agriculture took over the management of the Garden and renamed 's Lands Plantentuin te Buitenzorg to "Institute of Nature Study" (Lembaga Pusat Penyelidikan Alam) (LLPA) and the Garden "Kebun Raya" (Great Garden). Kusnoto Setyodiwirjo became the first Indonesian curator, who was eventually to become head of the Garden in 1959.
In 1962, the Garden and all research institute associated with it became part of "Lembaga Biologi Nasional" (LBN) (National Biological Institute), with Otto Soemarwoto appointed as Director in 1964. He promote scientific biological research at the Garden, which would ultimately bring various benefits to pharmaceutical industries and agriculture development in Indonesia. Later in 1986, the National Biological Institute (LBN) was re-organised and split into the "Pusat Penelitian Biologi" (Puslitbang Biologi) (Research and Development Centre for Biology), with the Garden as a separate body.
On 16 May 2006 the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) celebrated its 189th anniversary through a collaboration with the German Embassy. During the event a monument dedicated to Reinwardt is placed near Gunting pond. The anniversary is accompanied by ASEAN-China Workshop Botanical Garden on Management and Plant Conservation event which took place in the garden. At the end of the event trees was planted by 10 ministry of ASEAN who were attending the event.
However on the first of June 2006, a storm hit Bogor and damaged many trees and plants that are more than 100 years old. The park was closed for a week for replanting and repair.
In 2009, an Orchidarium was opened nearby the orchid house to celebrate the 192nd anniversary of the Botanic Gardens.
Feature & layout
The Garden are roughly square shaped covering an area of 87 hectares (210 acres), with additional 28.4 hectares (70 acres) of the ground in the north-west being the palace garden. The Garden is divided by Ciliwung river and are connected with 3 bridges. The main gate are located in the south and is where most of the garden facilities are concentrated, such as ticket purchasing booth, Treub's laboratory, Nusa Indah Guesthouse, plant/souvernir shops, library and conservation building. The precinct east of Ciliwung was laid out in 1927 with facilities as the mosque, cafes, Herbarium, orchid section and Wisma Tamu guesthouse, being within vicinity of Astrid's avenue.
Today the garden contains 13,983 specimen of trees and plants, belonging to 3373 species, 1257 genus and 218 families. There are 288 species (88 genera) of exceptional palms along lawns and avenues.The Gardens are a refuge for more than 50 different varieties of birds and for groups of bats roosting high in the trees.
In 1852, the Cibodas Botanical Gardens was founded as an extension of the Bogor Garden at the town of Cibodas, it is roughly 45 kilometers to the southeast of Bogor. A branch of the garden was opened in 1941 near the town of Purwodadi, and later in 1959 another branch was opened in Bali.
- Gunting Pond
South of the Bogor palace, the man-made pond served as habitat for wildlife of Kebun Raya Bogor, one of the most notable inhabitant of the pond is Victoria amazonica. The seed of the plant was sent from Amsterdam Botanical Garden in 1860. The monument dedicated to Raffles' wife and reindwardt are located close to the pond.
- Dutch cemetery
Nearby the Bogor palace's bamboo collection section there is a small cemetery with Dutch tombstones. One of its notable tomb belonged to the former governor general DJ De Erens who was in office from 1836 to 1840. There 42 grave with 38 identified personal, the oldest grave dates back to 2 May 1784.
- Araceae Garden
Situated behind the seed bank of the garden, an area devoted to Araceae species of flora was built in 2010. This garden consist mainly type of of Schismatoglottis, Homalomena, Colocasia and some types of vines as Philodendron, Raphidophora. Approximately 10 trees with a height of more than 2 m has been planted in this garden area, functioning as a protection from direct sun exposure.
- Teijsmann Garden
A small garden with French rose garden layout was built in 1884 by M. Treub, as its name the garden was built as a memoir of Johannes Elias Teijsmann for his contribution on the garden's development. At the center of the garden lies Teijsmann monument, erected using granite from Berlin.
- Water Garden
Part of the garden is exclusively made for water and swamp plants, providing perfect habitat for water lilies, fish and birds living in the park. There is also an observatory deck overlooking the water garden.
- Medicine Garden
This section of the garden contain plants that are commonly used for medicine ingredients and herbalism. Plants are separated into different section according to their size and species. Description of each of the different plants and their purpose as medicine ingredients are written for visitors.
- Mexican Garden
A small patch of the botanical garden is dedicated on desert plants. There are roughly 100 species of cactus, agave, yucca and succulent plants from around Asia and the Americas.
- Soedjana Kassan Garden
This garden is located at the north-eastern corner of the Botanic Garden and is built to commemorate Soedjana Kassan who had taken office as head of Bogor Botanical Garden in 1959 to 1964. At the center of the garden, there are plants which are arranged to form Indonesia's national symbol of Garuda.
Bogor Botanic Garden's fascinating collection of orchids focuses primarily on wild species, numbering approximately 500 species from over 100 genera. Grammatophyllum speciosum, the largest orchid species in the world is also part of the collection. The specimens seen in the Garden's collections are either the original specimens gathered from the forest, or progeny of those specimens which have been propagated. Although the orchid collection at the Bogor Botanic Garden began during the Dutch era, it wasn't until 1927 that the collection was moved into greenhouses. Beginning in 1994, the Bogor, Bali and Cibodas Gardens renovated their orchid houses.
The Botanic Garden Orchid section are divided into:
- Glasshouses - separated among hybrid and non-hybrid orchid species.
- Orchidarium - area for breeding orchids.
Bogor Botanical Gardens has five Amorphophallus titanum plants in its collections, all from Pagar Alam, South Sumatra. This represents the greatest number of specimens among the botanical collection. The latest flowering events took place in January 2011 and on July 3, 2011.
Treub's Laboratory was first opened on December 1, 1884. However the current building are built in 1914 to honor the late M. Treub. Today the laboratory function as research facility for Puslitbang biologi's konservasi ex Situ (Conservation of species outside their original habitat). There are several branches of laboratories and facilities inside the building which is dedicated to different research as follow: Molecular Lab, Anatomy-Morphology Lab, Seed Conservation Lab, Ecological Conservation Lab and Greenhouses.
- Bogor Zoology Museum
Situated nearby the laboratory and main gate of the garden, the museum started as a small laboratory founded on August 1894 and was used as a research facility for pest insects control. The museum has an area of 1500 meter square and contain preserved collection of 10000 insects and 2000 species of other kinds fauna.
There are two guesthouses located in the Botanic Garden. Nusa Indah Guesthouse was built in 1914, it is located next to the laboratory and museum. It was formerly used as residence for directors of Bogor Botanical Garden. The second guesthouse are named Guesthouse Pinus, which was built during princess Astrid's visit in 1929.
Directors of the garden
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- 1817–1822 : Caspar Georg Carl Reinwardt (1773–1854)
- 1823–1826 : Carl Ludwig Blume (1789–1862)
- 1830–1869 : Johannes Elias Teijsmann (1808–1882)
- 1869–1880 : Rudolph Herman Christiaan Carel Scheffer (1844–1880)
- 1880–1910 : Melchior Treub (1851–1910)
- 1910–1918 : J.C. Koningsberger
- 1918–1932 : Willem Marius Docters van Leeuwen (1880–1960)
- 1932–1939 : K.W. Dammerman
- 1939–1940 : L.G.M. Baas Becking
- 1940–1941 : T.H. Honert
- 1941–1943 : D.F. van Slooten
- 1943–1945 : Takenoshin Nakai (1882–1952)
- 1946–1948 : L.G.M. Baas Becking
- 1948–1949 : Dirk Fok van Slooten (1891–1953)
- 1949–1959 : Kusnoto Setyodiwirjo
- 1959–1969 : Soedjana Kassan
- 1969–1981 : Didin Sastrapradja
- 1981–1983 : Made Sri Prana
- 1983–1987 : Usep Sutisna
- 1987–1990 : Sampurno Kadarsan
- 1990-1997 : Suhirman
- 1997-2002 : Dedi Darnaedi
- 2002-2008 : Irawati
- 2008- up to present: Mustaid Siregar
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