Osnabruck Botanical Gardens [botanischer garten], Germany

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In 1984 The Botanical Gardens of Osnabruck were born. To celebrate the gardens 25th anniversary I met with Curator Dr Nikolai Friesen [saturday 6th June] to find out a little more about this young yet amazing horticultural gem of north Germany

Opened in 1984 the 8.6 hectare site includes 5.6 of which were formerly a quarry. Similar to other botanical gardens, this one also includes the Osnabruck Horticultural College and also what is known as the ‘green school’ [grune schule] from where courses are held and run.

It is estimated that 70,000 visitors pass through the gates every year. Not bad for such young gardens but what is more amazing is whilst I was there on a Saturday, 4 weddings were to take place, an art exhibition and a butterfly exhibition! A great way to attract new visitors…

The truth is that some botanical gardens, to the non plant/ botanical purist, can be quiet boring… Not in this case! It does follow ‘the rules’. But it is young and that makes it a little different giving it almost an edge on some of the [so many] others I have been to.

The people were amazing, the grounds were superb from the very helpful Jan Eickmann employed by the town right down to Ingeberg who works in the coffee shop voluntarily [her husband is also a volunteer] and makes great coffee 😉 Thank you!

Would I return? In the morning. Would I recommend it? Absolutely. 5/5.

Osnabruck is an amazing town brimming with culture on my way through the alt-stadt [old town] I the honour to meet Eduard from Old Time Jazz. They were simply doing what they love the most… enjoy!

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  1. Jan Eickmann
    Jan Eickmann says:

    Very, very interesting ! Really great for the image of Osnabrück ! I know the Botanical Garden of Osnabrück for years and it´s such a great and relaxed place ! Thank you for this great report !

  2. Peter Donegan MI Hort
    Peter Donegan MI Hort says:

    A Chara Jan,

    Of course Jan is the ‘now famous’ towns person who I met at the gardens…. thank you for your help when I arrived too early 😉 really appreciated and a honour sir!

    It was an absolute pleasure to meet you. Please pass on my regards and sincerest gratitude to the staff of the gardens.

    I hope to be there again soon.
    many thanks
    peter

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