Argotti Gardens started off as a private garden belonging to the knights. In 1740, Bailiff Ignatius de Argote, the knight after which the garden is named, built his summer residence at the heart of the garden. In 1800, the first Chair of Natural History was established at the University of Malta. Several Professors contributed to the development of Argotti as a botanical garden. These include Fr. Carolus Giacinto who imported several exotics, Prof. Stefano Zerafa who transferred Floriana’s dispered botanical collections to the garden and Prof. John Borg whose world famous private cactus collection was donated to the Argotti Gardens. The gardens were taken over in 1973 by the Department of Agriculture but the inner part of the Garden was returned to the University in 1996.The roles of the Argotti Botanic Gardens today include that of maintaining indigenous and exotic collections of plants mainly adapted to Mediterranean climate as well as cacti and succulents. It is also involved in collecting and cataloguing specimens for the herbarium and seeds for the seed bank. The gardens are also involved in conservation projects, focusing on the propagation of rare species including a number of endemics. The gardens are also used as a means of education. Several undergraduate and postgraduate research projects are undertaken on a yearly basis at the garden. Guided tours for students and tourists are also provided at the garden.
Bus 13 13A 14 16 from St. Julian's / Sliema Bus Terminus.
Bus 48 from Bugibba Terminus.
The Gardens are open to the public from Monday to Friday during the following hours:
1 October – 15 June from 0800hrs to 1500hrs
16 June – 30 September from 0800hrs to 1230hrs
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