Botanical Garden of TU Darmstadt

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The Botanischer Garten der TU Darmstadt (4.5 hectares), also known as the Botanischer Garten Darmstadt, is a botanical garden maintained by the Darmstadt University of Technology. It is located at Schnittspahnstrasse 1 - 5, Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany, and open daily without charge.

The garden dates to 1814 when Johannes Hess (1786-1837) proposed creating a botanical garden on newly acquired ground in front of Residenzschloss Darmstadt. It contained primarily native, herbaceous plants in a scientific arrangement. Soon the site proved inadequate, and in 1829-1830 moved to the grounds of the Bosquett mansion, now the Herrngarten, where it remained until 1838, then moved again to a third location in the area of today's Mercksplatzes until 1848. It was then relocated to the area of Wilhelminenplatzes from 1849-1863, where plants were cultivated in two greenhouses. When the Neuen Palais was constructed on this site, the garden was moved again to a one-hectare leased plot in the Meiereipark on Frankfurter Straße. Today's site was finally acquired in 1874 at government expense. Under the direction of Leopold Dippel (1827–1914), a professor at the Technical University in the field of cells and tissue, the garden acquired a fine collection of exotic trees. It became affiliated with the Technical University of Darmstadt in 1897.

Today the garden contains some 9,000 plant species, with a notable collection of rare trees in its arboretum (1.5 hectares), as well as an alpine garden and heather. It also contains an extensive collection of tropical and subtropical plants in its greenhouses (1200 m²), including tropical marsh plants, cacti, bromeliads, and orchids.



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Coordinates: 49°52′09″N 8°40′43″E / 49.8692°N 8.6786°E / 49.8692; 8.6786