Gruson Gewaechshaeuser, Magdeburg

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The Gruson-Gewächshäuser, more formally known as the Gruson-Gewächshäuser Magdeburg Exotische Pflanzensammlung, is a botanical garden located in greenhouses at Schönebecker Strasse 129 b, Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. They are open daily except Monday.

The garden was created by industrialist and plant collector Hermann Gruson, who upon his death in 1895 bequeathed his extensive succulent collection and 100,000 Marks to the city of Magdeburg. The greenhouses opened to the public in 1896, with a Victoria house added in 1910. The garden suffered severe damage in World War II, with virtually all glass broken, and the palm house completely destroyed. By the summer of 1945, however, its cactus and succulent house reopened, as did the tropical house. Other houses were gradually restored, with the palm house rebuilt in 1986.

Today the garden maintains 10 exhibition halls (4000 m2 area) which contain about 3000 plant species from approximately 350 genera. Major collections are as follows:

Cactus house - 400 cactus species, including a 150-year-old golden ball cactus (Echinocactus grusonii) named in Gruson's honor.

Tropical Houses - tropical plants including banana, cocoa, guava, pepper, pineapple, rubber trees, and sweet potatoes.

Victoria house - Victoria amazonica, as well as lotus, mimosa, rice, and sugarcane.

Palm House (16 meter height) - many palm species and giant bamboo.

Grusonian greenhouses - 400 species of bromeliads, exotic birds, and a dwarf palm tree.

Fern house - ferns, some of which are more than 130 years old, as well as cycads.

Mediterranean house - plants from the Mediterranean region, including camellia, citrus plants, fruit trees, laurel, and myrtle.An annex contains aquariums and terrariums. The largest aquarium represents a river landscape with typical fish of the river Elbe. Collections also include Nile crocodiles, turtles, and piranhas.

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  • I liked this glasshouse a lot. It provides a possibility to see a lot of different plants, fishes and some animals. Most interesting plants at the specifis time are listed at the entrance and sighned....  more »
  • When visiting Magdeburg a visit to Gruson Gewaechshaeuser is recommended to all with a live interest in plants, and gardens. The collection of temperate and tropical plants is immense yet compact...  more »
  • One of my favourite places in Magdeburg.
  • The greenhouses are tended to by volunteers and are amazing. They are a hidden gem. 8 or 9 houses are linked to a circuit starting behind the entrance with palm, figgs and bananas among which you'll find a Strelizia nicolai (giant white bird of paradise) under a high ceiling with a small walk through the canopy. To the left is a greenhouse with fern and a goldfish pond, followed by a house collecting plants from the Canaries and moving on to the tropics. There's another pond with large goldfish, a cayman (though we didn't see it) some type of chicken, a gecko and two cameleon. The exhibition also includes fishtanks (one is a small saltwater & coral tank) and 2 terrarium (one with yellow and blue spear poison frogs). The Gruson greenhouses also have a waterbasin, which seems to be dedicated to the victaria plant (giant waterlily), but was empty (12/18). Another highlight is the small, but well kept greenhouse w orchids, bromelia and carnivorous plants as well as a seperate collection of Cactacea.
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