Ornamental courtyard

The formal displays of the ornamental courtyard may be admired in the low-lying area in front of the buildings of the Botanical Institute. Looking south, the view opens up to the grand staircase and the cafeteria. You will find a ramp for wheelchair access next to the grand staircase.

View to the southeast (20:50)


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The seasonal changes are particularly noticeable in the ornamental courtyard. After the spring flowers have finished the area is replanted. Later the full colours of summer are replaced by the glorious blooms of dahlias and magnificent asters in late summer and early autumn.
The two square planting bed areas are separated by the water lily pool, its corners marked by four impressive Gunnera. Dry stone walls studded with cushion plants and dwarf shrubs form a pleasant enclosure. A quite remarkable collection of tree peonies grows in the north-easternmost part, immediately in front of the dry stone walls.

View to the south
in direction to the special habitats and cafeteria. In clear air, the Alps can be seen on the horizon above the tree backdrop.