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Ghent University Botanical Garden

The Botanic Garden of the University of Ghent was established on this location in 1902. It is situated on the outskirts of the Citadel Park and covers 2.75 ha. About 4,000 m² has heated and unheated greenhouses for the more tender specimens. In total, the garden holds around 10,000 species.

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The big pond near the entrance is a dominant element of the Garden´s landscape. On its shore visitors will notice one of the Garden´s showpieces: the huge umbrella pine or Pinus pinea. Although this tree is not completely hardy, it has grown to become the tallest specimen of its land in Belgium. In summertime, pine cones cover the path.

While walking through the arboretum, the visitor´s attention will be attracted to the slender Ginkgo biloba. This tree of Chinese origin was planted around 1906 and is one of the oldest inhabitants of the Garden.

Within the systematic collection the paw-paw (Asimina triloba) has a striking appearance. In spring its bare branches are gradually covered with hundreds of beautiful red-brown flowers. Fruits appear in autumn and look like small green sausages.

The impressive Victoria greenhouse holds various well-known useful crops such as coffee (Coffea arabica), cocoa (Theobroma cacao), papaya (Carica papaya) and rice (Oryza sativa).

The giant water lilies (Victoria amazonica, V. cruziana and Euryale ferox) in this greenhouse will certainly be of interest. The public are invited to admire their night flowers during the nocturnal visits which traditionally take place in July, during the last weekend of the Ghent Festival.

A special Sansevieria collection is located on the landing of the tropical greenhouse. Descending the stairs one enters the undergrowth of a tropical forest.

With luck visitors will see ripening bananas (Musa) and within the dense vegetation it´s impossible to overlook the stunning Steriphoma paradoxum, an exotic looking plant of the Caper family originating from Venezuela.

The agreeable climate and the delicious aroma of the sub-tropical greenhouse will be a pleasant surprise. Numerous plants feature glandular hairs which contain etheric oils. Citrus fruit (Citrus spp.) and olives (Olea europaea) recreate the atmosphere of holidays under the Mediterranean sun.

The succulent greenhouse contains hundreds of plants with swollen stems or leaves. The water storage allows the plants to survive under very dry climatic conditions. Many of these species have developed strange forms, others change form during their life cycle.

Ghent University Botanic Garden Plantentuin Universiteit Gent
K.L. Ledeganckstraat 35
B-9000 GENT

Tel +32 (0)9 264 50 56
Fax +32 (0)9 264 53 34
Curator: Paul Goetghebeur
www.plantentuin.ugent.be
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