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Botanical Garden of the University

The Botanical Garden of the Heinrich-Heine University is situated in the south of Düsseldorf at the Himmelgeister Rheinbogen (bend in the Rhine). As a research facility, it is not only dedicated to research and teaching, it is also open to visitors throughout the year and offers a wide range of events including exhibitions, expert guided tours and lectures. The Botanical Garden was founded in 1974. The main focus is on plants from the temperate climate zones. The impressive centrepiece of the garden is the 18-metre high glass dome – an over 1000-square-metre unheated greenhouse, which houses approx. 400 plant species from areas with warm, dry summers and rainy winters. Besides the characteristic vegetation of the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands, plants from almost all parts of the earth are on display: Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa, Chile and California.

A trail through the garden leads around an approx. 3.5-hectare wildflower meadow, which is bordered by summer flowerbeds and tub gardens among other things. In the centre of the meadow a beekeeper tends to his beehives. The farmers’ and apothecary garden is a nice place to linger, while the scent and touch garden is fun for a more active experience. The “green classroom” is also found in this area. Here, interested visitors can gain an overview of the natural relationships between the different flowering plants.

A tour of the Botanical Garden is rounded off with a visit to the Alpine garden made from limestone and granite and bordered by Alpine forest species.

When the Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf was founded in 1965, the university professor Dr Stubbe became the head of the Botany department. He successfully campaigned for the establishment of a botanical garden. The erection of the farm building in 1974 was followed by the domed greenhouse in 1976. The 8 hectares of grounds only followed afterwards. In 1979, the entire garden was finally opened to the public.

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Heinrich-Heine Universität
Universitätsstr. 1
40225 Düsseldorf
Total Area 8 ha