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Old Botanical Garden (Alte Botanische Garten) at the University of Göttingen
Old Botanical Garden, University of Göttingen
The Old Botanical Garden is a historic botanical garden maintained by the University of Göttingen. It is located in the city center in Göttingen and is open daily. The garden was established in 1736 by Albrecht von Haller (1708-1777) and gradually extended via adjacent plots within and without the city wall. By 1806 the garden had a tropical greenhouse, orangery, and cycad house; to these were added in 1830 an Araceae greenhouse, and again in 1857 a new orangery (converted in 1910 to a fern house). Although the garden's collection of tropical plants was destroyed in the World War II, it was replenished postwar and augmented by a major collection of wild plants from central Europe. In 1967, as the university's natural science faculty began its relocation to a site north of the city center, two new botanical gardens were there established (the Neuer Botanischer Garten der Universität Göttingen and the Forstbotanischer Garten und Arboretum), but the old garden continues.
Today the garden contains 17,500 accessions representing about 14,000 species, and forms one of the largest and most significant scientific collections of plants in Germany.
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Göttingen is a college town in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is the capital of the district of Göttingen. The Leine river runs through the town. In 2006 the population was 129,686.
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