The Garden has been developed to display plants native to the province and cultivated plants suitable to the local climate and to provide access to a number of habitats through a system of trails. Originally named Oxen Pond Botanic Park, it was initiated in 1971, under the supervision of Bernard S. Jackson. It was opened to the public in July, 1977.
Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden is a not-for-profit charity as part of the university's inclusive community, which creates and inspires understanding, appreciation, and conservation of plants in gardens and natural areas to further Memorial's mission of research, education and engagement.
To be an outstanding botanical garden recognized for advancing and enriching sustainable relationships among people, plants, and the environment.