Lund Botanical Gardens
Lund is a city of bookworms and dreamers, and nowhere is this more evident than in the Lund Botanical Garden. With a history that encompasses several centuries and over seven thousand species of plants, the garden is an essential addition to your Lund itinerary.
Located less than half an hour’s walk away from our Park Inn by Radisson Lund, the Lund Botanical Garden attracts around 600,000 visitors every year. If you want a breath of fresh air and experience fantastic flora, this is definitely the place to be. What’s not to love about 7 000 different species of plants grown across 20 acres? Remember to bring your camera and your friends, this is going to be quite the field trip!
Nine climate zones
No matter what kind of greenery you prefer, the garden’s nine greenhouses facilitate the growth of rare, tropical species. The Eastern Orangery exhibition hall houses interesting flowering plants, such as the Japanese Loquat; a fruit bearing shrub with a soft, orange colored fruit that tastes a sweet mixture of peach, citrus and mango. The Allspice House boasts edible plants including the allspice plant and wild banana, while the Western Orangery houses a collection of evergreens, including the Kauri pine.
© K. Saether / Marie Widén / Botaniska Trädgården
The Succulent House is a dream for Pinterest addicts, with photogenic fauna like the Peruvian apple cactus, while the Victoria House boasts huge Queen Victoria water lilies; native to the Amazon basin. The Mediterranean House hosts citrus fruits and carnivorous plants. In the Tropical House, endangered Cycads have reached the ceiling, prompting a fundraising drive from the Garden to build new, larger greenhouses. Lastly, there’s the self-explanatory but equally mesmerising Fernery and Orchid House.
A community center
Lund Botanical Garden is free to enter and open all year round. In the summer students sprawl on the lawns with their literature, studying for exams, and a large number of people choose to marry under a majestic tree on the premises each year. It is a place teeming with life all year round. Public lectures on botany, horticulture and environmental science are offered each month and two or three exhibitions on various botanical themes are made every year. In short, there is definitely something for everyone at the Botanical Gardens!
© K. Saether / Leif Johansson, X-rayfoto
The Gardens’ story
Even though it dates back to 1690, Lund’s Botanical Gardens weren’t always located on the same site. The ’Old Botanical Garden’ was founded in 1690 and situated at what is now the University Square but an unpromising start necessitated the creation of a ‘New Botanical Garden’ on the same site in 1740, but within 100 years this too had fallen into disrepair. In 1840 the Lund University’s botany professor, Jacob Georg Agardh suggested moving the garden from the center of the city to a place outside the mounds, called Tornalyckan.
© Leif Johansson, X-rayfoto
The growing university needed the space in the center to expand and Agardh succeeded in getting a grant from the Swedish government to realize the move. The ‘Contemporary botanical garden’ was shaped during 1862 and 1867.In the late 20th century, the research departments gradually moved towards more modern facilities. Their mission is still to support science and education, but the main focus is on mediation of knowledge in the fields of botany, horticulture and environmental science to the general public.