Oman is home to over 1,200 species of plants, with about 80 species found nowhere else in the world. The Oman Botanic Garden will showcase a wide range of its flora, illustrating its variety, beauty and fascination. Displays will include the tiny violet flowers of wild lavender, the majestic juniper and the valuable frankincense tree for which Oman is famed.
Any garden needs plants; but Oman’s native and endangered species cannot just be bought. Instead, each has to be found, collected as seeds or cuttings, recorded, numbered, labelled, packed, cleaned, grown and cared for by the garden’s dedicated ‘Green Team’ of botanists and horticulturalists. The botany expeditions to remote areas of the country have discovered new plant species and found plants not previously known in Oman. From 0 plants in 2006, the number of plants at the nursery has grown to 100,000 plants of 350 species in 2010! This is the largest documented collection of Arabian plants in the world.