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Botanical Garden

Mediterranean flora


Best time to visit: March to October

The Mediterranean flora is unique and is characterised by a very high species diversity. There are five regions worldwide with a Mediterranean climate: California, Chile, South Africa Cape region, Mediterranean region and SW Australia. Due to large-scale agriculture, many of these areas are threatened in their plant diversity.
Around 700 Mediterranean species grow in the Mediterranean Garden, some of which are rare, such as the Sandarac (Tetraclinis articulata) or Cretan Zelkove (Zelkova albelicea). Some have a high profile, such as cistus (Cistus sp.), lavender (Lavandula angustifolium), thyme (Thymus sp.) or rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus). Especially at midday, they immerse us in a cloud of essential oil scents.

The plants are adapted to the hot, dry summer season and have needle-like, leathery or hairy leaves to reduce evaporation. Some survive the summer as a geophyte in the ground, like saffron (Crocus sativus).


Maik Meisner

Maik Meissner (gardener):
"Working in the scents of lavender and rosemary is fun!"


Rayko Jonas

Rayko Jonas (gardener):
"The most beautiful thing for me is the wonderful variety of shapes, colours and scents in the Mediterranean garden."


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Cistus creticus

Especially worth seeing

Mediterranean garden

Cretan cistus (Cistus creticus)
The pretty, somewhat wrinkled flowers are visited extensively by honey bees and other bees. The orange pollen pouches on the hind legs of the bees are striking.