Die Flora, der Botanische Garten Köln

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Institution Code: KOLN

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: Yes

in the FLORA in Cologne - plant life remarkable
in the FLORA in Cologne - plant life remarkable

About the Die Flora, der Botanische Garten Köln

As indicated by the name, the Botanic Garden of Cologne consists of two historical parts: the "Flora" (southern part, 6 acres) and the Botanic Garden (northern part, 6 acres). While the "Flora" displays different garden styles over the ages (french baroque, italian renaissance, english garden), the Botanic Garden offers you the chance of a journey around the world's plant life within several hours. Being the most beautiful garden of Cologne and an outstanding one in Germany, Flora and Botanic Garden of Cologne serve as an important center for nature experience, botanical education, science and recreation for more than 750.000 visitors per year.
The "Flora" was founded in 1863 as a private company; it was planned by Peter Josef Lenné and had a winter garden with a glass roof and restaurant, modelled after the London Crystal Palace. Opened in 1864, the "Flora" became a famous attraction for weekend trips and dance balls.
A scientific botanic garden was founded in 1890 in the south of Cologne city, but as well had to give way to traffic needs. In 1914 a new area, north of the "Flora", could be opened as the new Botanic Garden. In 1920 the "Flora" was transferred to the authority of the township and was united with the Botanic Garden.
The Botanic Garden has more than 12.000 plant species from all climates and vegetation types in cultivation. Outdoors you will find collections of maples, witchnuts, buttercups, irises, lilies, poppies and saxifrages in systematically arranged plantings. Summer annuals, decorative frutescents for the home gardener are special garden parts as well as the old farmer’s garden, the medicinal plant garden, the fern garden, the marshes and wetlands, the ponds and the species-rich area of the alpinum, where appr. 1.500 species of mountain plants from all over the world are cultivated.
In the succulent house a very nice collection of cactus and succulents is shown; specialities are our collections of palmferns as well as aloes. A temperate house displays all non-hardy plants from mediterranean to Australia and New Zealand, the small tropical greenhouse contains usefrul tropical crops such as coffee, cacao, papaya, vanilla, sugarcane, pineapple and many more, as well as epiphytes and orchids. Finally, the great tropical house introduces you to the vegetation of the rainforests with all it’s special adaptions. New greenhouses are in planning for 2019.
The Botanic Garden has for 30 years it's own "Green School", where appr. 5.000 students per year of all levels as well as teachers are introduced to the different aspects of plant life and plant ecology in half-day excursions.

Come and join us for a trip around the world, with all your senses, and all for free ...

Main Address:
Die Flora, der Botanische Garten Köln
Amsterdamer Strasse 34, D- 50735 Koeln / Germany.
NRW Germany - Deutschland

Telephone: 49 221 56089 0
Fax: 49 221 56089 26
URL: www.botanischergarten-koeln.de
Primary Email: botanischer-garten@stadt-koeln.de

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr. Stephan Anhalt
    Curator's Name: Dr. Stephan Anhalt
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Dr. Stephan Anhalt
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 24
    Educational Staff Number: 3
    Research Staff Number: 1
    Administration Staff Number: 1

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: Yes
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1864
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: No
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 12 Hectares
  • Total Area: 12 Hectares
    Latitude: 50.9887
    Longitude: 6.9605
    Annual Rainfall: 750 mm
    Altitude: 50.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 4000 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 4
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 1300000
    Number of Volunteers: 30

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 25000
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 12000
  • Special Collections:cycadaceae, aloes, cactaceae, succulents, camellia, acer
  • Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: No
    Conservation - Biology: No
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: No
    Ecology: No
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: No
    Exploration: No
    Floristics: No
    Horticulture: No
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: No
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: No
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: No
    Sustainability: No
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: No
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes