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Introduction: Victoria house

The Victoria house shows a very different face in winter than it does in sommer. The pond is drained, and the tropical biotope with its giant water lilies is gone.

Instead, the building is cool, and redolent with the scent of blooming acacia, lemons, or gorse. From late September, the Victoria house becomes a haven for the cold house plants, trees that thrive in cool, bright winters, and live outdoors during the summer months.

In this house our plants are organized geographically. On display are woody plants from the subtropical regions of Australia, the Canary Islands, the Mediterranean basin, and South Africa, in particularly the Cape region. You’ll find something blooming here throughout the winter, whether luxuriant white or pink heathers, acacias with their clouds of yellow flowers, or the impressive, cone-shaped flower spikes of the South African Protea. Not to be missed is the long-blooming Mediterranean shrub Viburnum tinus, or the familiar African linden with its pretty white blossoms.

In late April or early May, the potted plants are moved out again. The ponds are refilled and planted with giant water lilies, mimosas, and lotus plants.

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Introduction: Victoria house (MP3, 540 KB)

Audio production and copyright: Soundgarden Audioguidance GmbH
Text: Ehrentraud Bayer, Botanischer Garten München-Nymphenburg

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