The Forstbotanischer Garten garden in Cologne specializes in sylvan botany. Established in 1964, it is set over a 25 hectare area. With over 3,000 species of groves, the garden boasts an extraordinary large diversity of species, some of which are carefully cultivated growth. Cedars and redwoods from the Pacific NW area of America are spread on a two hectare forest ground. Particularly delightful: the Japanese section w/uncountable azaleas, peonies and Katsura trees. The garden’s military past can be recollected when entering, decending and viewing the Rhododendron Canyon. Until the end of World War I, the area was part of the ”Äußerer Festungsring Köln”, the outer ring of fortresses surrounding Cologne were integrated into the plantings here and elsewhere as rocky gardens. ( see Fort Deckstein link http://www.afar.com/places/fort-deckstein-cologne )
In the south, the adjacent Friedenswald, “Forest of Peace”, invites visitors to a botanic tour of the world.
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Garden Visit Details
Some unique and exotic species to be had such as the Alaska yellow cedar. Along with the Redwoods, this species is normally found scattered along the north Pacific coast.
Guided tours take place every first Wednesday of each month at 14:30 clock and every third Saturday of the month @3pm. Meet at the covered parking in the center of the Mushroom Forest Botanical Garden.
During a tour, learn about the Forest Botanical Garden and gain new insights into the diversity of tree species and wildlife in the forest botanical garden. There are tips on planting and maintaining trees.
The Forest Botanical Garden is open daily:
January, February, November, December 9 to 16 clock
March, September, October: 9 to 18 clock
April, May, June, July, August: 9-20 Clock
Admission is free and most of the trails are suitable for accessible mobility assistance users.
Guidance on specific topics (eg rhododendron, wild animals) for groups, schools and kindergartens are available by appointment.