On 23 October, 2012 the New Botanical Garden was renamed after the deceased conservationist Loki Schmidt, wife of former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt. As a well-known biologist, she had worked on maintaining the green area for decades.
The botanical gardens were part of Hamburg University’s facilities since its founding in 1919. In 1979, the former location in Planten un Blomen park was left behind for the (even) greener pastures of Klein Flottbek. There, research labs, a glass pyramid and the cubic Loki-Schmidt-Haus can be found on the premises. A bronze statue by famous sculptor Waldemar Otto shows Adam looting paradise.
A trip around the northern hemisphere
The plants in the gardens represent a variety of small ecosystems: from a crops section and a German forest to a farmer’s garden including a small farmhouse, many different indigenous plants find a home in the project. Other plants are more exotic to these parts: a botanical trip around the northern hemisphere takes you through a Mediterranean, a boreal, and an alpine section. You can wade through the Everglades and walk under the Spanish moss of Louisiana. Next up, cross the desert to wind up in China to find a temple donated by the city of Shanghai. The Japanese section was designed by architect Yoshikuni Araki, who was also responsible for the Japanese gardens in Planten un Blomen park. Rose, shrub and rhododendron sections, as well as an area on ‘Biblical plants’, round out the experience.
To learn more about the plants on offer, there are regular tours through the gardens, after which you can refresh yourself at Café Palme. With newly gathered energy, the nearby Jenischpark and Ernst Barlach Haus could be next up on your trip into Altona precinct.
S1/S11 trains to Klein Flottbek (Botanischer Garten)
Jan - Feb: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
March: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
April: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
May - Aug: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sep: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Oct: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Nov -Dec: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (except 24 & 31 Dec)
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