Monday, March 12, 2012

Leipzig Botanical Gardens

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How do you like this old picture?  I found this from the University of Leipzig archives.  It was taken by Raphael Verehel in March of 1978.  As you can probably guess, it is a photo of the Leipzig Botanical Gardens, located in Leipzig, Germany.

The Leipzig Botanical Gardens are the oldest botanical gardens in Germany. They are also one of the oldest  the world.  They date back to 1542.  At that time, they were a collection of medicinal plants. Throughout history, the gardens have been destroyed by wars, and rebuilt. Today, the gardens are part of the University of Leipzig, and  are known for their variety of rare and tropical plants.  There are about 7000 species housed within the university's greenhouses.

The gardens are open daily.  Admission is free.      

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