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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Frankfurt Botanical Garden

If you travel to Frankfurt, Germany, I highly recommend that you plan a visit to two interesting gardens. There is just several minutes of walking from one garden to another. I visited them in May 2011. My pictures from Palmengarten  are here: The PalmenGarten in Frankfurt, Germany .
This post includes my pictures of Goether University Botanical Garden.
Botanischer Garten Frankfurt am Main is maintained by the Johann Wolfgang University. It is a botanical gaden and arboretum.
The day I was there, there were very few visitors. In most of the parts of the garden, I met no one. It was a relaxing, calm and enjoyable walk.
Established in 1763 and moved to its current location in 1931, it has an amazing variety of plants - over 5000 species. Each plant has undergone research, been catalogued and has a label.
Cental European plants are  represented here the best. Besides them, there are plants from the Mediterranean region, Asia and North America and some others.
Mixed forests, collections of berries, water, alpine and meadow plants, dune and swamp vegetation, herbs, medicinal plants may be found here.

 Above: Salvia officinalis (Common Sage)

 I love this orchid, Bletilla striata. Sometimes, it is sold as Hardy Orchid or Chinese Ground Orchid

 Above: Cerastium bierbersteinii (Boreal chickweed)
Above: Aconitum lycoctonum (Wolf's bane)

 A big part of the garden has a natural layout and looks like a beautiful meadow.

Alpine garden is absolutely gorgeous

 Above: Anthericum liliago (St. Bernard's Lily)

 Above: Galium glaucum

Above: Bistorta officinalis Delarbre
Asphodelus albus
The garden is open from March 1st to October 31st and admission is free.
Tip: In spring, be aware of the strong aroma from hundreds of blooming plants. I needed to buy anti-allergy pills after walking through the gardens. The good thing is the pharmacies there are well prepared for such type of emergency.
I join Gale at Clay and Limestone for the Wildflower Wednesday.

***Copyright 2011 TatyanaS


  1. Thanks for this Tatyana, especially as I'm always on the look out for new botanical gardens to visit in continental Europe.

  2. Tatyana, the Frankfurt Botanical Garden is really beautiful. Unfortunately I never visited it when I was still living in Germany :-(. My favorite plant in this post is the Bletilla striata, orchid, what a gorgeous plant. I don't recall seeing it anywhere else before your post. It is so much fun to get to know a new plant! Thanks for another wonderful post!

  3. This is lovely Tatyana! I especially enjoy seeing this in the midst of our winter!

  4. Thanks for another visit of the Palmengarten. I have heard Bletilla also called Urn Orchid....perhaps used in cemeteries?

  5. Another marvelous post... thank you so much Tatyana! Sincerely, Larry

  6. Looks well worth a visit. I like the generous clumps and drifts in their planting.

  7. Fabulous tour - many thanks.

  8. How convenient to have two wonderful gardens within walking distance of each other. Being able to walk round without encountering hoardes of people is the icing on the cake.

  9. Oh wow! What beautiful beds Tatyana. The orchids in mass are so amazing looking. The chickweed blooms are so pretty and I love the yellow daisies. I would love walking through those paths at leisure for certain. Thanks for sharing with us.

  10. Tatyana,
    What a wonderful tour! Everything is set in such a natural surrounding, makes it very pleasing. The labels are a little distracting, but also very good for other botanists.

  11. WHat a great trip aroud the Botanic garden, your photo's are wonderful. I especially enjoyed seeing those tall Primulas and anticipating how mine will look this year (fairly young clump). I also love all those icey wintery plant photo's from your own garden. Quite magical.

    I was wondering if you (and indeed your green fingered readers) might add your garden to Folia the online gardening website (it's free). I'm always looking to encourage more gardeners to join as it's the best garden site I've found in several years.

    It's a great resource for gardeners and has helped me keep on top of my 800+ plantings with photo's, notes, journals, milestones etc. They have an extensive plant wiki and a seed stash section where people can also list seeds for swapping and see who else is growing the same plant around the world.

    Here's the link join and to access my own Folia pages (my member name is CDfolia). Hope to see you there.

  12. Beautiful garden! I love the meadow garden - so pretty! Those orchids are so pretty, too - I've heard about them but never seen one before. Thanks for taking us on a virtual tour!

  13. Just gorgeous! Love the ground orchids. How nice that everything was tagged. I agree that the labels take away from the 'naturalness' of it, but how nice to be able to know immediately exactly which plant it is.

  14. Thanks for the tour of these beautiful gardens!

  15. Such beautiful gardens and beautifully taken pictures by you.

  16. Your must have been wonderfull. The colors of the photo's are a treasure in our grey weather.
    Have a nice week

  17. That is a gorgeous garden~I am already inspired to visit germany and plant more beauties to make my lawn more meadow like. Thank you dear for joining the celebration~it's all about wildflowers/natives from all over this world. xogail

  18. I could walk here forever and ever and just might

  19. I have been to Frankfurt a couple of times, but sadly both times were in the winter. I very much enjoyed the treat of seeing these lovely spring gardens.

  20. Thankyou Tatyana for sharing your trip ,amazing gardens .
    I so enjoyed the orchid photos and the alpine garden.

  21. Tatyana, I have traveled vicariously with you to so many beautiful places! This is a wonderful garden. I love the Bletilla striata!


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