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Botanical Garden and the Greenhouses, Aarhus

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Aarhus Botanical Gardens is a botanical garden in Aarhus, Denmark. It is located north of the Old Town open-air village museum and was founded in 1875. Nowadays it covers an area of 21.5ha, with 5ha for the Old Town.The park was originally created primarily as a botanical and academic study-ground in relation to Aarhus University and provides an attraction of interest to those who wish to inspect the thousands of plant species on display here. All are labelled in both Latin and Danish. The landscape is quite varied and includes a large greenhouse center; originally from 1970 by C. F. Møller Architects, but with a newly added tropical hothouse. The gardens have an open-air amphitheatre, two small ponds, a children’s playground and the large lawns are popular with picnics, gatherings and events of all kinds year round.The greenhouses has been heavily renovated from 2011 to late 2014 and a large tropical dome was added, amongst other facilities. The project was budgeted at 65 million DKK and realized in a cooperation between Aarhus Municipality, Aarhus University and Realdania, with C. F. Møller Architects as architectural designers.Budget cuts, change of status and the futureAarhus municipality have found large parts of the botanical gardens too expensive in upkeep and manpower for several years. It was decided to stop the upkeep of the large rose gardens and the arboretum at one point and thereby end the park's status as a botanical garden, but civil protests postponed the city councils decisions for some years. In 2011 a group of citizens founded the non-governmental organization Friends of the Botanical Gardens and by 2012, they are now in charge of the daily chores of maintaining the rose gardens and arboretum, working for free. Aarhus University also took over part of the responsibility from Aarhus Municipality, through the Science Museums which operates the greenhouses.
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  • A relatively new greenhouse with both plant exhibition in different climates. The professional level is good and informative. There is also an exciting exhibition which takes the relevant issues on the environment worldwide.
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  • Beautiful space to rest, read, enjoy peace, play sports or simply stroll. Recommended!
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  • The Botanic Garden is the city space with room for everyone-walkers, cyclists, ongoing, legend and those who want to socialize with a good book or a NAP. Explore the various corners of the garden, enjoy views of the city and the old town or visit the old town or the greenhouses. A garden for all, which is particularly used by the city's citizens!
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  • Beautiful exhibition of the plants from all around the world in two nurseries from two different times. Worth a visit. Also has a lovely little café.
  • It's nice see plants from all over the world in a single place.
  • Great Parc! Defenitely worth a visit!
  • Great place for BBQ and casual day out. Bring your own food because there are not many places to eat in it.
  • Beautiful park, free admittance and a very diverse selection of plants!