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Saturday, July 16, 2011

The PalmenGarten in Frankfurt, Germany

The PalmenGarten was number one on my list of places to visit in Frankfurt am Main during our recent trip to Germany.  Its themed gardens and greenhouses didn't leave me disappointed.
The formal rose garden was the first stop upon entering the garden. I liked its geometrical form:
  The Rose garden can be rented for weddings. I came to the garden in the morning and was almost alone there. Isn't it great?
 The price of admission was 5 euros. Very reasonable for such a huge and unique place.

Water lilies are always a treat to see:

The Rhododendron garden was in full bloom and reminded me about our Pacific Northwest.
Pretty lake with an artificial waterfall and number of turtles:

The Rock garden was one of my favorite parts:
A wide variety of plants from different mountainous regions covers a rocky hill of good size.

I enjoyed not only the plants themselves but also the views of the garden's attractive historical buildings.

If you ask what I loved the most, I won't hesitate to say: peonies.
This peony, in the picture below, was absolutely stunning. I featured it in a previous post.
 Pictures can't show its real beauty. I didn't find any tag with the plant's name. Tiina and Larry suggested that it could be one of the 'coral' varieties.
The charm of the old world - this comes first to my mind when I see these plants.
 Peony bushes, tree and herbacious, were huge and looked artfully wild:

Drought tolerant plants weaved a lovely carpet which I absolutely loved. Most of the blooms were small, but in masses created beautiful patterns.
The Steppe section of the PalmenGarten was as lovely as it could be. Perennials and annuals from the steppes of Northen America, Europe and Asia covered a big area and bloomed mostly in pastel colors of blue, purple, white and violet.
Isn't it lovely? Understated, simple beauty of wild flowers:
From different parts of the garden I could see the Frankfurt TV tower:
Mediterranean region was represented by a large variety of plants.
 The collection of tropical plants is very impressive and deserves a special visit if you are a fan of exotic plants.
Plants from rain forest, mountain rain forest, mangrove, monsoon, savannah, thorn forest, trade-wind forest (have you ever heard about such forest?) fill the huge size greenhouse called Tropicarium.
 I love ferns and enjoyed them as well as palms, orchids, bromelias and others.
More palms and subtropical plants grow in the Palmenhaus.
 I didn't expect to see a Cactus forest in the center of Frankfurt!
I finished my tour at the same place where I started, in the Rose garden.
Biggest of its kind in Germany, the PalmenGarten is worth visiting.
***Copyright 2011 TatyanaS


  1. I just love the Lily pond and lake - what a great place.

  2. Wow, Tatyana, what an awesome place. Thank you for taking us along and capturing so many wonderful photos. I love those coral peonies. They do look very old-world, indeed. Spectacular!

  3. Dear Tatyana,

    Wow! Those peonies are knock-out gorgeous! What a garden. I hope you are having a lovely summer! I hope to be able to catch up soon on all your posts. Carol

  4. It's a wonder that you could drag yourself away from all that amazing beauty. What a choice of plants to photograph, and inspire you.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  5. Hermes, Grace, Carol, thank you!!!

    Jen, I could stay longer there, but I tell you what happened - I got so allergic because of all the wonderful aroma, my nose was running crazily! I bought some pills, and the pharmasist told me that almost all the residents of F. suffer that time of the year from allergies...

  6. Its definitely worth the visit. I love the peonies too, the blooms are so huge with such sweet colour!

  7. What a simply beautiful garden. Looks like they had so many different types too. From the Desert to the Mountains and in between.
    The waterfalls looks so natural. That is a lot of turtles. They need a bigger log. LOL!

  8. Those peonies are stunning. Palmen Garden is just beautiful too. I like the shot with all the turtles sunning themselves.

  9. So many strong images.saw my calico vine there/

  10. All quite beautiful but I have to agree those peonies are stunners. They remind me of the beautiful roses my Grandma grew and that evokes wonderful memories.

  11. Thanks for the heads up on the posting! Did you go up in the Fernmeldeturm? Went up there once with my class (4th graders) I sure used to enjoy walking through the Palmengarten. Thanks for a revisit. I remember the tropical house mostly....think many visits were in the winter.

  12. Tatyana-I loved this tour. My mother was from Germany, and we spent many hours in Frankfort am Main. I don't think she ever took me here (I was young, and frankly-uninterested in much at the time).
    I wish she were still alive-I'm sure she'd LOVE to see this.
    Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Thanks for sharing this - Its a beautiful garden! I am originally German so this was close to my heart.

  14. Thank you dear friends! There is much more to see in this garden. I didn't go to some of the greenhouses. I'll try to visit them during my future trips to Germany.
    Janet, no, I didn't go to the Fernmeldeturm. Next time!

  15. Wonderful post about the Palmengarten in Frankfurt! What a great garden and so diverse! Since I am born in Germany, but live now in the USA for a couple of years it is very interesting to see a public garden featured in your bog that is located in Germany. Unfortunately I have never had a chance to visit that place when I was still living in my home country. Thanks for the great tour!

  16. Beautiful garden ! The peonies are the best. If I ever go there, I must go, when the peonies are blooming ...
    Thank you, for the tour, Tanya !

  17. What a wonderful place. Really a very beautiful set of images. Great photowork.

  18. Thank you so much for the beautiful tour! What an amazing place. I love the waterfall with the turtles. I appreciate that you took the time to share such a wonderful experience.

  19. AnonymousJuly 17, 2011

    Wow. Great pics...beautiful gardens.

  20. What beautiful pictures! Thanks for checking out my blog, I appreciate it. I am not familiar with what happened with your empty buds, not famililar with that. If I run across any reasoning, I will definitely let you know! Thanks again!


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