Lending nature a hand

Grassland Management

In the Botanic Garden you will find real wilderness in addition to the plant collections. Limestone springs, stream-side woods, beech woods with spring flowers, streams, and ponds.

Grasslands stretch between the woods and ponds. Some of them are mowed short as lawns. This makes them ideal for walks and picnics. The largest part, almost four hectares, is managed as hay fields or wild flower meadows. Here, we only mow once or twice a year, so that species such as cuckoo flower, common reed orchid, royal jay, and rattle have a chance to grow. More plants also means more insects. Less grass means less fuel consumption. In short, it’s better for the environment and for biodiversity.

The slopes around the Rose Garden are even mowed with a scythe in the traditional manner.