Aburi Botanical Gardens

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Aburi Botanical Gardens and Palm Trees in Aburi

Aburi Botanical Gardens is a botanical garden in Aburi in Eastern region of South Ghana.

The garden occupies an area of 64.8 hectares. It was opened in March, 1890.[1] Before the garden was established, it was the site of a sanatorium built in 1875 for Gold Coast government officials. During the governorship of William Brandford-Griffith, a Basel missionary supervised clearing of land around the sanatorium to start the Botanic Department. In 1890 William Crowther, a student from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, was appointed the garden's first curator.[2] The gardens played an important role in encouraging cocoa production in South Ghana, by supplying cheap cocoa seedlings and information about scientific farming methods.[3] After Hevea brasiliensis was sent to Aburi from Kew in 1893, the gardens also encouraged rubber production in Ghana.[4]



  1. ^ Richard Kwame Debrah, The Beautiful Aburi Botanic Garden of Ghana, GhanaWeb, 4 June 2005
  2. ^ Aburi Botanic Gardens. Botanic Gardens Conservation International
  3. ^ Kwamina B. Dickson, A Historical Geography of Ghana, 1969, Cambridge University Press, p. 166. J. H. Frimpong-Ansah, The Vampire State in Africa: The Political Economy of Decline in Ghana, 1992, Africa World Press, p. 123.
  4. ^ Kees Burger, Hidde P. Smit, The Natural Rubber Market: Review, Analysis, Policies and Outlook, 1997, Woodhead Publishing, p. 213.

Coordinates: 5°52′N 0°11′W / 5.867°N 0.183°W / 5.867; -0.183