Botanisk Hage and Museum
Located directly across from the Munch Museum, you will find the Botanisk Hage. This is the biggest botanical garden in all of Norway. Many of the residents of the city visit the gardens on a regular basis. The locals and visitors alike come to the gardens in order to enjoy the foreign plants and as a way to escape the busy city for a while.
The Alpine Garden is one of the highlights of the Botanisk Hage. There is a waterfall in this area as well as around 1450 mountain flora species. These come from Norway as well as other places. The gardens are extremely systematic and the plants are grouped by genus and family. There is an herbal and medicinal garden that contains cash crops, spices, and medicinal plants.
The Aromatic garden offers a special attraction for individuals who have impaired vision and for anyone that is in a wheelchair. In this area there are fragrant plants that are grown in raised beds. These beds include texts written in Braille.
In the Palm House and the Victoria house you will find plants from temperate and tropical regions. This includes cacti, fig trees, palms, cocoa trees, carnivorous pitcher plants, and many rare orchids.
The gardens are a part of the Natural History Museum. Since 1814, the gardens have been used for education and research in the field of botany for students attending the University of Oslo. There is a manor house located in the center of the gardens that dates back to 1780.
There are 3 museum buildings and several old greenhouses that form a gorgeous plant enclosure. The herbarium is quite extensive and offers 1.7 million of examples of different herbs. This is a great resource for documenting and researching the flora of Norway.
Botanisk Hage and Museum Photo Gallery
Botanisk Hage and Museum video guide
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