Ending up in an unknown, not on your itinerary Czech city, Liberec, the train from Poland only came here, not Prague) was fortunate as they have a really cool Botanic Garden.
Its central feature is a group pavilions, or glasshouses, which represent different plant biomes or themes e.g. Australia, the tropics, Asia, primitive plants etc. They are quirky, packed full of interesting things at all levels, including epiphytes poked here and there, tall trees (the Araucaria araucana can’t get much taller here without hitting the roof), flowering orchids, ferns and shrubs.
It was nice to visit Australia for a few minutes!
This is a real plant fanatics place as in there is a fabulous range of species all very clearly labeled. But the two kids we followed around also had a great time dashing about the garden rooms which were well landscaped and pleasant places to be. But it’s more in the plant geek spectrum.
Outside there was a beautiful rock garden including one that replicated natural Czech landscapes.
I was able to learn about the grasslands at these handy multi-lingual stations. You push a button and hear a short explanation.
There is an impressive collection carnivous plants, a bug that strays in here would have next to no chance of survival!
In terms of cultivated plants they focus on Clematis and Hemarocallis/day lilies (a few weeks off from flowering – one of two in bloom).
The clematis each had their own frames on either side of the path. Only one or two were in flower, it’s only just summer here.
There was a whole room for their water lilies and a special viewing platform.
Well worth a visit if you also find yourself intentionally or accidentally in Liberec!