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Botanischer Garten Mainz, Mainz

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The Botanischer Garten der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, also known as the Botanischer Garten Mainz, is an arboretum and botanical garden maintained by the University of Mainz. It is located on the university campus at Franz von Bentzel-Weg 9, Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, and open daily.
The garden was created between 1946-1955 on land formerly used as farmland and a military training ground. Over 3500 individual plant beds were created in those years; in the mid-1950s an alpine garden was added, and in 1986 sections for steppe plants and Mainz regional flora were established. The first greenhouse was built in 1948 with two more added in 1952, which formed the basis for an extensive greenhouse complex.
Today the garden contains about 8,500 species. Its major sections include an arboretum, systematic garden, greenhouses, and alpine garden, with outdoor collections focusing on flowering plants and woody plants of the northern hemisphere temperate zone, and a greenhouse complex containing plants from Mediterranean climates and the Southern Hemisphere as well as tropical and subtropical crops. Arrange to visit Botanischer Garten Mainz and other attractions in Mainz using our Mainz travel planner.
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  • on the grounds of the University. On display are plants sorted by Kontinents, nicely designed and maintained. 
    on the grounds of the University. On display are plants sorted by Kontinents, nicely designed and maintained.  more »
  • Very nice and educational botanical Garden of Mainz University. There are also guided tours throughout the year. 
    Very nice and educational botanical Garden of Mainz University. There are also guided tours throughout the year.  more »
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  • Beautiful oasis in the middle of Mainz! I've been here plenty of times and the gardens are beautiful throughout the whole year! Perfect place to stroll around and explore plans and trees from different parts of the world. There is always something new and different blooming so you never get bored. My favourite part is what I call the “alley of the giants” where you get to walk among huge sequoia and pine trees. I must say every time I am here I feel the garden is unfinished. I understand it’s a university garden, but some of the parts are not really maintained, high grass is interfering with plants and some of the places are just piles of rock and dust. However it is a place of peace and relaxation, there are plenty of benches to sit on and near the university exit is a seating area under the huge tree with an open library book shelf. Toilets are available as well. There are multiple gates to enter exit and there is no fee. Last entry at 5:45 PM and the garden closes at 6 PM. At the entrance you can scan a QR code and get some information about the garden and its flora in English! I am yet to visit the greenhous, which is apparently amazing! Last visited in May 2022.
  • Pretty wild flowers and a variety of local and international plant species to explore. Beautiful pond. Perfect for an afternoon summer walk with view.

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