American University of Beirut




Ancillary Botanic Gardens (ABGs) are an informal versions of botanic gardens meant to offer opportunities for botanical education. The word ancillary means ‘secondary’. ABGs are secondary in that they are repurposed green spaces that belong to people or institutions such as universities, schools, resorts, and others. ABGs do not affect physically or functionally the site’s primary purpose. Instead, the repurposing of green spaces into an ABG offers the opportunity for a larger number of people and institutions to contribute to plant conservation and plant knowledge. 

The American University of Beirut introduced the concept of Ancillary Botanic Gardens in 2014. AUB is now collaborating with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to encourage the establishment of ABGs in Lebanon and the region.


​​​We have constructed a website targetted for visitors hoping to find botanic gardens most ideal for them to visit. Please check it out as well as the many features we have set up to make this a great experience!

Please check out this link to our ABG visitors website!


As someone in charge of an establishment institution, or any outdoors area meant for visitors, you have the opportunity to join our ABG network and create a page for your garden on our garden visitors website. You will also receive invitations to our conferences! Thes conference happen once every year, and are meant to introduce botanic gardens and ancillary botanic gardens to new groups interested in joining the ABG Network. New participants will have a chance to learn how to repurpose green spaces into ABGs. During the conference, they will have the opportunity to sign up as members of the ABG network. These conferences also welcome old members, by supporting their establishments and operations of their ABGs through open exchange of knowledge and experience. The ABG Network Conferences are an interactive and informative conglomerate with guest presenters and recurring ones, and a unique opportunity to facilitate connection between others who share the same interests and initiate the botanic garden movement across Lebanon.​

Please check out this link to our ABG Network signup page.

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