About this garden

Date founded: 1896 Area: Arboretum: 5899,5 m² Experimental areas, flower beds: 1883 m² Greenhouses: 261 m² Cold frames: 580 m² Experimental garden Gerasdorf: ca. 2500 m² Number of cultivated species: ca. 610


One of the central functions of the botanical garden is the cultivation of plants for teaching, on the one hand as learning material in the courses and on the other hand as living material for demonstration in the garden. These include:

  • old crops
  • coloring plants
  • subalpine shrubs
  • organic grassland seeds
  • shore and water plants
  • arboretum
  • epiphytes, lianas (greenhouse)
  • cottage garden
  • scent garden

A part of the area is used for growing plants for various basic courses. In addition to tasks in teaching, the Botanical Garden fulfills important functions for research. One part of the cold greenhouse harbours conservation cultures, the other part serves the implementation of germination experiments (Working Group Systematics and Geobotany), cultivating evergreen woody plants (Working Group Plant Physiology), cultivating plants for molecularbiological research (Working Group Systematics and Geobotany) as well as conservation collections. In outdoor areas, various research activitites are taking place:

  • monitoring plant succession
  • cultivation of plant material for molecularbiological work
  • physiological investigations of trees
  • pond and siltation basin (conservation and protective collections)