Mission & Objectives

Pha Tad Ke is the first botanical garden in Laos, created to be a regional research center with the first living collection of the flora of Laos that provides opportunities for collaboration with international botanical institutions. Pha Tad Ke is developed and cared for with the help of dedicated scientists and more than 50 Lao staff and offers a beautifully landscaped setting for visitors.

At the garden, we develop educational programs for all age groups while conducting research into plant reintroduction, horticulture, ethno-botany and medicinal plants to address critical problems ranging from the management of local natural resources to conserving biodiversity worldwide. Through our publications, cultural and social outreach activities, we aim to make a substantial contribution to the responsible development of the region, and to the creation of real expertise that enables Laos to develop specialist skills for a sustainable and bio diverse future.

Our Objectives

  • Establish a survey of the flora of Laos, a collection of in-situ and ex-situ plants, and a program of conservation including research facilities and logistical support for scientists.
  • Create educational opportunities for local and international constituents, including children, and contribute to capacity building through training and support for Lao students in horticultural and botanic studies.
  • Provide a natural setting for visitors to enjoy the beauty of the region while promoting eco-tourism that creates local employment opportunities and increases tourism, stimulating economic development in the region.
  • Promote sustainable ecological preservation and contribute to biodiversity conservation and awareness programs in Laos and internationally through extensive research, education, social outreach and resource building.

Directors & Advisors

  • Rik Gadella – General Director
  • Biba Vilayleck – Resident Ethno-botanist
  • Jean-Pierre Dovat – Artistic Advisor
  • Nithakhong Somsanith – Cultural Advisor
  • Bouakhaykhone Svengsuksa – Scientific Advisor