The Palmengarten, In Frankfurt
Covering over 50 acres, the Palmengarten, (Palm Garden), in Frankfurt is the largest garden of its kind in Germany – a plant paradise with plants from all corners of the world, where visitors can discover a fascinating variety of botanical specimens amid paths and green spaces, gardens and greenhouses.
The lush sub-tropical landscape in the Palm House is home to a multitude of imposing plants, huge shrubs and ferns. A delightful grotto-like underpass features a colourful tropical underwater world and an intricate tropicarium depicts a variety of tropical landscapes such as the savannah, fog deserts and monsoon jungles. Also represented are the cool temperate areas of the southern hemisphere in the Sub-Antarctic House
Various other areas include the rockery with its imposing waterfall, a colourful rhododendron garden and a vast cactus garden boasting succulents and flowering plants from America, Africa and the Canary Islands.
Delightful playgrounds, a pond with rowing boats, and a small railway offer summer entertainment for children.
The Rose and Light Festival has been celebrated every year in June, since 1931, with the queen of flowers at its centre. The highlight of the festival being the pictures made of thousands of tea lights displayed at night.
During spring, countless crocuses and other bulbs and tuberous plants combine with a multitude of tulips, narcissi and hyacinths, giving way to azaleas and rhododendrons in May and June and the roses, particularly in the new rose garden, which are in full bloom at the height of summer. The Haus Rosenbrunn, situated at the centre of the rose garden, is garlanded by climbing roses, while stunning Day lilies, irises, peonies and lilies are displayed in broad herbaceous borders along the pond and the stream.
The Palmengarten is known world-wide for its ample collections of tropical plants, with the Tropicarium being one of the largest complexes of greenhouses in the world. It displays tropical plants including orchids, bromelias, palms, ferns, succulents and many others, arranged according to their natural habitats such as rain forest, mangrove, mountain rain forest, monsoon and trade-wind forests.
In 1931 Palmengarten was taken over by the city of Frankfurt and later transferred to the American occupation authorities after World War II. When the Palmengarten was returned to the city’s hands in the sixties, a major reconstruction effort was begun. Halls destroyed in the war were redeveloped and expanded. In 1992 the reconstruction finished completely and the Palmengarten esulting in the garden as we know it today.
Often called Frankfurt’s ‘Central Park’, the Palmengarten is reknowned for its beautiful and well-cared for planting schemes, both indoors and out, offering year-round interest.