Affiliation

Within the Faculty of Science at the University of Zagreb, the Botanical Garden is a special division (sub-department) of the Department of Biology.

Since it was established, the Garden belongs to the category of university botanical gardens, primarily to serve to botanical university studies and scientific research. Today it has a broader role, with accent on life-long studies and conservation. Even though the Garden does not belong to the City of Zagreb, it servs as one of its parks since the foundation. Indeed, free entrance for the citizens was the condition under which the City counceil donated the land for its construction.

Professisonal care of the collections, scientific work, projects, education and management is carried  out by the head office members: biologists (botanists) – head manager and collection curators, with the help of senior technician and administrative officer.

Please contact us with your questions by mail, e-mail, phone or perosnally in the Botanical garden head office house (near the car entrance on the Runjaninova street, across the Ministry of culture), on working days from 8 am to 2 pm.

Head office

Biserka Juretić MSc

Head manager

Responsibilities and field of work: planning, organization and management of the Garden; In charge of collections of annuals, palms, tropical plants and epiphytes, perennials and alpinum.
Masters degree in plant physiology (pumpkin cultivation in vitro).

Darko Mihelj BSc

Senior collection curator

Responsibilities and field of work:  in charge of collections of succulents, systematic field, study and research material, submediterranean, karstic, alpine and west-European rockeries.
Author of more than sixty professional and popular science articles.
Published articles – bibliography

Dr. Sanja Kovačić

Senior collection curator

Responsibilities and field of work: in charge of temperate greenhouse collections, perennials collections (flower spectrum), eumediterranean rockery, fern collections, Croatian endemic plants seed ecology research. Author of more than a hundred scientific, professional and popular science articles.
Published articles – bibliography
Doctoral articles – bibliography

Dr. Vanja Stamenković

Senior collection curator

Responsibilities and field of work: deputy head manager, technical organization of work, in charge of dendrology collections in arboretum and the greenhouses, Mediterranean rockery, website and database. Author of more than sixty scientific, professional and popular science articles.
Published articles – bibliography
Doctoral degree in  plant physiology (solar UV stress defence mechanisms of Degenia velebitica).

Dr. Dubravka Sandev

Senior technician

Responsibilities and field of work: in charge of seed collections and Index seminum, plant labels production, children’s workshops, school garden, participates in Croatian endemic plants  seed ecology research and exhibitions design. Autorica je šezdesetak znanstvenih, stručnih i popularnih radova.
Published articles – bibliography
Doctoral degree in  plant physiology (effect of slag on growth and physiology of common bean).

Ljerka Šetin

Administrative officer

Responsibilities: in charge of administrative work in the Garden regarding employees, accountance, public communication, student guides organization etc.

The Garden head office house

The Garden staff

Collections, the Garden, infrastructure and buildings are maintained by permanents garden employees; chief gardener – Katarina Senfner, gardeners – Zrinka Dević, Snježana Horvat, Hrvoje Kovač, Gordana Ljevar, Mirela Ravlić, Ivanka Šljivac and Marija Zeljko, master carpenter Marko Pavlek and master locksmith Igor Maletić, undergardeners – Ljubica Pleić, Temza Poredski, Mirjana Štrac and Branka Vodopija, workers – Ivica Banović, Stjepan Katušin and Miroslav Petroci, with the guards– Vesna Lazinica and Miroslav Rade.

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