Hugo Bugg Landscapes have been commissioned by Her Royal Highness the Princess of Jordan to design the new Royal Botanic Garden (RGB) in Tell Ar-Rumman, Al Balqua Governorate in Jordan.
Overlooking the King Talal Dam north of Amman, the garden covers 445 acres over two and half mountains with 300 metres elevation change. With a variety of soil types and microclimates at the RBG, a high percentage of the naturally growing plants from Jordan can be hosted at the site.
The RBG is a non-governmental organisation but plays an important role in the Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan prepared by Jordan’s Ministry of Environment.
The RBG ethos is to practice and advocate biodiversity conservation at the whole-systems level. Two key premises guide the work of the RBG:
- Habitat-based Conservation. The RGB consider all bio-geographic conditions, the complete watershed area, soils conditions and exposure to the elements.
- Man as Integral Part of the Biotic Whole. The RGB does not exclude humans or livestock in contrast to other conservation approaches.
The RBG is intended to function as a giant demonstration site showcasing sustainable living and environmentally compatible solutions that can easily be replicated by the average Jordanian.
The RBG’s work is divided into three main components:
- Science and Conservation. The RGB aim to become an internationally recognized research facility for all aspect of biodiversity and conservation in arid-land environments.
- Education and Community Development. We are raising awareness and disseminating the results of our research on Jordan’s biodiversity to the public while encouraging nature-related projects in local communities.
- Sustainable Living. In addition to its botanical components, the RBG will be a demonstration site for sustainable land use, water harvesting practices, and eco-living.
Upon completion, the Garden will include the following:
- Visitor’s Centre
- Gift shop
- Natural foods restaurant and café
- Bedouin tent, picnic and play areas
- Children’s activity centre
- Outdoor amphitheatre
- Sustainable living centre
- Research centre including a herbarium, nursery, seed bank reference library and research huts
- Traditional gardens
- Medicinal plants gardens
- Islamic gardens
- Rock gardens
- Pocket gardens
- Garden of the senses
In addition, there will be five native Jordanian habitats re-created within the site including Deciduous Oak Forest, Pine Forest, Juniper Forest, Jordan Valley and Freshwater with five pavilions representing these habitats.
More information about the Royal Botanic Garden can be found at www.royalbotanicgarden.org.