The exotic architectural design of the Botanical Garden greenhouses provides ideal growing conditions for plants from four different climate zones.
An armadillo in the mansion district? Resembling a large, exotic animal, the botanical garden greenhouses lie between art nouveau mansions in one of the most beautiful districts in Graz. They bring together exotic flora from four distinct climatic zones and world-class Graz architecture, without parallel. A place for science, inviting visitors to study, marvel, linger and unwind.
15.05. - 15.09.: 8 am - 4.30 pm
- Opening hours
- Free admission
Inside, four climate zones are replicated, with temperatures ranging from 8°C to 24°C and a humidity of 50% to 80%. The tropical or warm house, for instance, houses tropical plants, orchids and mangrove plants. Mediterranean vegetation with citrus plants, eucalypti and the like can be found in the cold house. Vegetation of South America and Austrialia grows in the temperate house, while cacti and other plants loving aridity are in the succulent house. Wooden gangways and bridges lead visitors through four different climes. Temperature is regulated first by the hot-water heating system integrated into the aluminium pipe structure, and second by a cooling system spraying periodically a fine mist of water droplets, which drops the temperature in the glasshouses instantaneously by 5°C.
By the way: The glasshouses are publicly accessible as a "showhouse". But not only scientists, or people interested in botany and ecology make use of them.