Saturday, April 22, 2017

Budding in Berlin: Botanischer Garten Berlin-Dahlem

More from my travels earlier this year, this time the massive Botanic Garden in the Berlin district of Lichterfelde, the largest in Germany - a country where every major university and every city of decent size seems to have an impressive botanical garden. Spring, not surprisingly, was a bit further along here than in Stockholm a week earlier, though not by terribly much. I headed to the massive greenhouse complex first, though afterwards I discovered that there was quite a bit in bloom in the many outdoor areas of the garden, a large part of which is organized geographically around plants' places and habitats of origin.

The steep, imposing Mediterranean House

A Cistus flower in the Mediterranean House

 A Canary Island bellflower (Canarina canariensis) - still always impressive when I see them

Tree ferns in the fernery attached to the Mediterranean House

A view towards the main greenhouse complex from the extensive rock gardens

Indoor tropics

In a wing dedicated mainly to bromeliads

The amazing camellia and azalea house

A particularly sumptuous white camellia

Pillows of azaleas

Lobster claw or kōwhai ngutu-kākā (Clianthus puniceus) in the greenhouse dedicated to plants from Australia and New Zealand

Back outside, spring meadow saffron (Colchicum bulbocodium) emerging

Another spring-blooming Colchicum, Colchicum kesselringii

Cyclamen coum bejeweling the ground

A young deodar or Himalayan cedar (Cedrus deodara)

The beautiful flowers of Amur adonis (Adonis amurensis)

Even with comparatively little to see in the outside areas I spent several hours in the garden. In later spring and summer one can probably spend the better part of a day discovering things. There is also a botanical museum to which I have not been since I was really craving being outside on one of the first nice spring days during my stay in Berlin and in between working inside at the Staatsbibliothek.

1 comment:

  1. This looks like an impressive Botanic garden. Thanks for taking us to so many interesting places!

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