Botanical garden in Liberec

When I was planning trips for our holiday in the Jizera Mountains, the Botanical garden in Liberec was one of the places which caught my attention, especially for the architecture of its greenhouses and for its new „Water Lily Pavilion“. The garden greatly exceeded my expectations which is why I would like to present it to you.

The Botanical garden in Liberec is the oldest botanical garden in the Czech Republic. It started its operation in 1895 and its purpose was primarily to provide green vegetation for the town. During both world wars its condition deteriorated, it served mostly as a market garden. At last in 1954, it was changed into a scientific and educational institution.

The garden includes outdoor and indoor expositions including a small rustic garden (see the dill above) and satirical “depressive garden” (which we didn’t find fortunately). In the years 1995 – 2000, the garden’s old greenhouses were dismantled and a new complex of nine greenhouse pavilions was built. The pavilions stand close together and when viewed from above, they are said to resemble a cluster of vegetable cells. Inside they are all interconnected in one structure. There is the ground floor and first floor with thematic flower expositions and in the middle, there are aquariums.

The bonsai below is part of the exposition. It is quite special and unique as it comes from Japan and has been grown in Europe for more than 130 years. It was brought from Japan to Vienna in 1882, trained by several owners and finally in 1977 it was donated to the Botanical garden. Based on historical evidence it is estimated to be at least 230 years old.

In 2003, a CITES rescue centre was established in the garden based on a decision of the Department of the Environment of the Czech Republic. CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) is one of the most important international agreements aimed at inspection of trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora.

In 2014, a new greenhouse pavilion intended for growing water lilies including huge water lilies of Victoria species was opened to the public. This pavilion stands separately from the cluster and because of the life cycle of the lilies, it is open only in summer.

The garden is not large and obviously it went through better and worse times but it is still in the game, looking for new projects and opportunities. Obviously a lot of professional work has been done there and it is a nice and interesting place to visit. I keep my fingers crossed for it to prosper and develop further.

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6 Comments

    1. Robin, thank you. There would be so much to capture and learn in the garden… and I really liked it. It’s true, water lilies are fun to photograph, they always look so elegant…

      As for the history, it was also very interesting to read about how much politics can influence an institution like this through a municipal council which decides on choosing the garden’s management, funding the garden properly or not, setting (im)proper goals, etc. It’s not just about growing plants…

  1. It is amazing to hear how old that Bonsai is! Impressive. I love how old trees can grow to be.
    The lily pads/leaves in the last photo are amazing. Such lovely photos. I do enjoy botanical gardens. Lovely day to you.

    1. Tammie, thank you. What I especially like about botanical gardens is their atmosphere of peace and tranquillity, no matter the number of visitors. Those enormous lily pads looked wonderful, that special water lily pavilion has definitely been a great idea.

  2. I’m glad you included a visit to this botanical garden while you were on your mountain vacation. This is amazing. I had to look online to see an aerial view of the greenhouses. Very impressive. Your photos are all beautiful. I like the way you’ve made use of the collage format to display some of the images. And that gorgeous butterfly! What a great capture that is. You said the garden was not large, but it felt large as I viewed your photos.

    1. Linda, thank you, I’m pleased to hear you like both the garden and my photos. The garden obviously has its philosophy, there are many ideas behind the arrangements. And I love the architecture of the new pavilions, it’s cleverly done. I visited several botanical gardens and this one I liked most.

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