Großer Teich

Dear Visitors

Our "Great Pond" was created in 1903 by garden master Carl Bonstedt, and since then our guests have enjoyed the picturesque atmosphere of the water body in the partial shade of old trees. However, this also causes masses of fallen leaves to enter the pond every autumn, which leads to a high nutrient input, promotes siltation and reduces the ecological value of the water body.

After this was overdue for many years, we used the winter time to once again de-silt the pond.
Due to the dredging, the bank is not yet as green as usual, but we are working on it.

Light and shade at the still water

Many areas of the Botanic Garden are very old: the medieval rampart that divides the Botanic Garden is much older than the Botanic Garden itself, the moat dates back to 1795, and the fern patch, the Alpinum and the Great Pond date back to the creative period of the famous garden master Bonstedt (Garden Inspector 1900-1931).

Grosser Teich

The Great Pond is located in the centre of the 4.5 ha grounds and is picturesquely surrounded by hardy woody plants: beech, ash, hawthorn and ivy from native nature, hydrangeas and flowering hazel from China, magnolias from Japan and bald cypresses from the southern states of the USA.

A special eye-catcher in summer are the overman-sized leaves of the mammoth leaf (Gunnera manicata), which originates from southern South America.

Gunnera manicata
Gunnera manicata

Even though the rootstocks of the Gunnera can tolerate a few degrees of frost, they are protected from severe cold in winter by a wooden box.
An old postcard from 1925 proves: our Gunnera is already about 100 years old at this spot!

Further up the slope into the Alpinum
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