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Palm house of the Botanical Garden, Copenhagen

Botanical Garden & Museum is situated in the heart of Copenhagen. The garden is a living museum and room for the largest collection of living plants in Denmark. The main purpose is to maintain a taxonomically, geographically and esthetical diverse collection of plants to be used in research and teaching and for public information. The museum holds one of the largest herbaria of plants and fungi from all over the world.

The Botanical Garden & Museum is divided into three major parts:

The Botanic Garden houses the largest collection of living plants in Denmark and the only seed and gene bank for plants from nature.
The Botanical Museum has the largest collections in Denmark of dried plants and fungi.
The Botanical Library has the largest collection of botanical literature in Denmark and is part of the public library service.

The history starts in 1600, August 2nd in Krystalgade in Copenhagen, in the middle of the University of Copenhagen. Some of the trees in the garden would - if they could - tell us stories of how they where moved from the garden in the city to the garden outside the city. And how the garden has developed and of the growing interest in plants from all over the world.

The Palm House

Around the 10 hectares of the Botanic Garden there are many interesting features and collections of various and seldom species. The 19th century Palm House has a lot of tropical and subtropical plants, orchids, cacti and other succulents, and a historical collection of Cycads. Other greenhouses display collections of orchids from Thailand and plants from Madagascar as well as Bromeliads and insectivorous plants. The brewer and owner of the Carlsberg brewery J.C. Jacobsen was chairman of the committee that established the Botanical Garden and had experience the Crystal Palace greenhouse in London, which gave him the inspiration to build a big modern Palm House and four other green houses with large glass surfaces that covered more than 2,500 m2. The Palm house was completed 1874 with a tropical rainforest and tall tropical trees as pineapple, mango and Cocoa. (Source: botanik.snm.ku.dk/)

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