Botanical Garden of Ruhr University Bochum

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Botanischer Garten der Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Botanischer Garten der Ruhr-Universität Bochum
TypeBotanical garden
LocationUniversitätsstraße 150
Nearest cityBochum
Area13 hectares
Operated byRuhr University Bochum
Chinese garden

The Botanischer Garten der Ruhr-Universität Bochum (13 hectares), also known as the Botanischer Garten Bochum, is a botanical garden maintained by the Ruhr University Bochum. It is located at Universitätsstraße 150, Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, and open daily without charge.

The garden was founded in 1968 and subsequently has been continuously expanded and improved. It opened to the public in 1971, with later developments as follows: tropical house, 1976; desert house, 1988; Chinese garden, 1990; savannah houses, 2000.

The garden's fenced, outdoors area (13,000 m²) cultivates plants organized into geobotanical regions, including forests, coasts, meadows, prairies, and marshes from the Americas, Asia, and Europe. It also contains an alpine garden and succulent garden.

Its Chinese garden (1000 m²) was created from 1986-1990, and renovated in 2001, by skilled gardeners donated by the Tongji University in Shanghai as a sign of friendship. It is named Qian Yuan (Qian Garden), reflecting a memory of poet Tao Qian (365-427 AD), and laid out in the southern Chinese style. A pond covers half its area.

The garden's greenhouses (total area 3,500 m²) contain collections of succulent Euphorbia (350 species), other succulents, Cycadaceae, Canary Island plants, Eriocaulaceae (5 species), and alpine plants. They are organized as follows:

See also[edit]


  • Botanischer Garten der Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Plant list, with over 5300 photographs
  • Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum entry
  • BGCI entry
  • Der chinesische Garten Qianyuan im Botanischen Garten der Ruhr-Universität Bochum − The Chinese Garden Qianyuan at Ruhr-University Bochum, Martin Woesler, Eberhard Koch, Johanna Franke, Yi Song, Arno Caspelherr, Stefanie Moser, Europäischer Universitätsverlag, Bochum, 2004. ISBN 978-3-89966-012-8.

Coordinates: 51°26′31″N 7°16′3″E / 51.44194°N 7.26750°E / 51.44194; 7.26750