Tooro botanical garden is located in western Uganda in Kabarole district,the botanical garden is a community owned botanical garden founded in 2001, the Tooro Botanical Gardens were established in Fort Portal to help conserve trees and other plant life that was at risk or facing extinction in Western Uganda. Today the gardens are flourishing and cover a 100 acre site and not only concentrates on conservation but also scientific research and education. TBG has an edible plant garden and a practical training centre for food plants for different purposes including the “food security/hunger crops” section which demonstrates a range of food security solutions that people can use at home.
The Tooro Botanical Gardens also encourage sustainable agriculture and partners with SATNET, the Sustainable Agriculture Trainers Network.
Visitors to the gardens can enjoy a guided tour by well informed staff as well as strolling around the gardens with their abundance of flowers, medicinal plants and fruits. There are many different trails to take which take in stone gardens, butterfly breeding and tree nurseries. TBG has an edible plant garden and a practical training centre for food plants for different purposes including the “food security/hunger crops” section which demonstrates a range of food security solutions that people can use at home.
Its also a haven for bird watching which can be enjoyed from the tree houses there, since many birds can be spotted within the area. Bird species include the Scaly Francolin, Ludher’s Bush-shrike and Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Sunbirds, Waxbills and Flycatchers as well as Hamerkop and Woodland Kingfishers.
Also keep an eye out for the many reptiles that have found a home there and for other wildlife in the ponds.
This wonderful public garden is a unique environment where a variety of flowers, medicinal plants vegetables and fruits are grown. It is a magical place to wander around, taste locally grown fruits and vegetables and get to know the rich biodiversity of the region.