This year Geneva Botanic Garden celebrates its 200th birthday. I ate some of the cake because the BGCI congress was timed especially to join in celebrating this wonderful milestone. That’s the cake that looks like a small fire.
The gardens has decided to tell the story of these 200 years in such a neat way, using an outdoor garden based exhibit laid out as a ‘chronological stroll’. The walk through outdoor exhibition starts at 1817 with de Candolle, who started the garden (though it wasn’t at the current site, but originally in the old town). It presents minigardens to highlight how the gardens were built and developed through time.
The centre of the current site is a rock garden built in 1904. Each area of the rock garden contains species from Alps in Europe, as well as a few extras, I noticed China and Oceania (They had quite a few NZ natives). The mini rock garden in the 200th birthday exhibit is too cute to leave out.
The exhibit ends in the present with a minigarden of threatened plants to symbolise the new era of conservation in BG’s.
I think it’s really clever exhibit/minigarden experience, and a very botanical way to celebrate their birthday.