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Working group Herrenhausen gardens

Berggarten Hannover

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Joachim Hüppe

The working group “Herrenhäuser Gärten” is especially concerned with the flora of the “Berggarten”.

The “Berggarten” was founded by the duke Johann Friedrich in 1666. It was built on a removed sand dune. The name was normal for gardens on a hillside at that time. The “Berggarten” was used as a kitchen garden in its beginnings to supply the castle of “Herrenhausen”. It should deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to the royal kitchen. Furthermore, it was the garden of the townspeople in contrast to the “Großer Garten” that has always been a garden of the kings, their splendor and feasts. Nowadays, the “Berggarten” is a botanical garden where a lot of rare plants can be seen and studied by visitors.

The “Berggarten” has had a long history since its founding. It outlived different kinds of occupation, the time of the napoleonic settlement (1803 -1813), the first world war (1914-1918) and the second world war (1939-1949) with its almost destruction. The reconstruction only became possible through the eager effort of the citizens. The last alterations of the “Berggarten” were made in 1958. The appearance has stayed almost unchanged until today.

It is a place to relax and to enjoy the nature right in the center of the big city. Additionally, its potential is a lot bigger and is not sufficiently used. The “Berggarten” is a great place for a botanical discovery beside its variety of plants and its colorfulness. It is possible to wisely combine entertainment and knowledge transfer. Information is received more successfully when it is transferred in correlation with entertainment. This is the basis of the working group. Therefore, it is working with phenologically established concepts of Edutainment for the “Berggarten”.

(Exam-)papers written at the institute of Geobotany

Helmenstein, Moryn (2010): Arzneipflanzen im Berggarten der Stadt Hannover (Medical plants in the “Berggarten” of Hanover). - Bachelorarbeit Leibniz Universität Hannover, 63 S., 2 Faltpläne.

Erlinghäuser, Matthias (2010): Biogeographie der Pflanzen des Kleinen Schauhauses der Herrenhäuser Gärten unter besonderer Betrachtung ihrer xeromorphen Anpassungen (Biogeography of the plants of the “Kleines Schauhaus” of the “Berggarten” of Hanover). - Bachelorarbeit Leibniz Universität Hannover, 68 S.

Niemeyer, Bastian (2010): Die Gymnospermae des Berggartens Hannover unter besonderer Betrachtung der systematischen Einordnung (The Gymnospermae of the “Berggarten” of Hanover – especially their systematics). - Bachelorarbeit Leibniz Universität Hannover, 77 S., 1 Karte.

Pollin, Annika; Schade, Frauke (2009): Phänologisch begründete Edutainment-Konzepte über Höhere Pflanzen im Berggarten der Stadt Hannover (Phenologically based concepts of Edutainment about higher plants of the Berggarten of Hanover). - Staatsexamensarbeit Leibniz Universität Hannover, 188 S., 10 Faltpläne.