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Botanischer Garten, Gutersloh

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The Botanic Garden of Osnabrück is an institution of Osnabrück University. It is located in the Westerberg area of the city in a former Muschelkalk quarry. Muschelkalk is a shell-bearing limestone typical to Central and Western Europe. The Botanic Garden is part of the University’s Faculty of Biology and Chemistry and was established in 1984. Main tasks of the Garden are education and research, as well as public relations.DescriptionIt comprises an area of 8.4 ha, subdivided between two quarries. One quarry of 5.6 ha houses the outdoor display gardens as well as the glasshouse. The second quarry of 2.8 ha is a conservation area and home to rare plant associations typical to recently abandoned limestone quarries. The garden’s outdoor display areas show different plant communities from all over the world such as Mediterranean and alpine plants, or North American and Eurasian forests. There are also thematic collections of medical and aromatic plants and plant families (e.g. the garlic family or the heath family). In the Lowland Rainforest House more than 800 species of tropical plants provide an example for the vegetation of the Amazon basin.ResearchResearch in the Botanic Garden of Osnabrück focuses on biodiversity and the evolution of land plants. Special interest lies in the phylogeny of the genus Allium, which is in common name referred to as the onion genus. The Allium collection of the Botanic Garden comprises 230 species. Different departments, especially the Departments of Botany and Ecology, use the Botanic Garden for outdoor testing. The Botanic Garden of Osnabrück houses the Loki Schmidt-Genbank, a seed bank for wild plant conservation founded in 2003. The Garden also coordinates the WEL-Genbank (Genbank Wildpflanzen für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft). This seed bank, focusing on the conservation of the wild relatives of economically used plants, is under construction in cooperation with the Botanic Gardens of Berlin-Dahlem, Regensburg and Karlsruhe as well as the University of Education Karlsruhe.
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  • The plants are mostly well labeled. The apothecary garden is very well landscaped, extensive and very informative. There are places everywhere to the stay and many arcades. The Botanical Garden has a varied stock of trees and is very good in the City Park. Palm House - Café offer a great way to take a break for coffee and cake.
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  • If otherwise there is something amiss in the city, the Botanical Garden and the apothecary garden are just tip.
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  • A beautiful garden in a beautiful city. All very well maintained, both in summer and in winter it is worth walking calmly over there when I'm in town.
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  • Beautiful place to walk. It was closed when I went so I could go inside the buildings. Everything is in German though.
  • Lovely garden, bigger than I imagined and even with some exhibitions that you have to engage with.
  • Big place to walk and enjoy the view...
  • Always interesting exotic plants to see and also with native plants to learn more about the names and their properties.
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  • Always an experience. Plants from all over the world. Free access.
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