Today I’ll take you to The Botanical Garden of the University of Turku, that I visited last September.
The garden is maintained by the University of Turku on the island of Ruissalo and it covers a collection of about 5,000 different species and varieties of plants, of which more than 2,000 are in six big greenhouses. Greenhouses include a succulent greenhouse, an araucaria room, a winter garden, the New World tropics, the old world tropics and the Mediterranean climate.
The primary function of the botanical garden is to assist in the research and teaching of the Department of Biology, but it is also open to the public and is visited by about 40,000 visitors annually. The current greenhouses in the garden were designed by architect Jarmo Saarinen in 1998.
Inside the greenhouses there was a real moist jungle and the paths were narrow.
I saw a few parrots and admired the green and lush exotic plants.
I had never seen giant water lilies before!
Around the greenhouses there was a big park with centuries old oaks.
The climate of the area favours oaks that grow and selfseed there.
Each plant had labels and one could have spent there for hours.
Outside there were large areas of annuals, fruit trees and roses.