WHAT'S ON

CORONA LOCKDOWN

Why the Botanic Garden is still closed

Many of our vistors wonder why the Botanic Garden has not opened yet. The reason lies in the strict coronavirus rules (Coronaschutzverordnung) prescribed by the government for zoos and botanic gardens. As confirmed by the local authority (Ordnungsamt Bochum), we as the operators of the Botanic Garden carry FULL responsibility for compliance with the government's coronavirus rules.

This would mean that we....

1)... would have to carry out STRICT entry controls so that we know at all times how many visitors are present in the Botanic Garden. According to coronavirus rules, the number of visitors present at the same time must not exceed one person per ten square metres of the accessible area (this would be the paths in the Botanic Garden). Hence, we would have to deploy two members of staff manning (or womanning) an entrance in order to watch and count precisely how many visitors arrive and how many leave.

2)... would HAVE TO ensure that the social distancing rules are abided by the vistors. We must not simply rely on visitors to follow social distancing rules on their own account. This means that we would need at least two scurity guards who do nothing else than make sure that visitors stick to the prescribed minimum social distance of 1,5 metres (also in queues).

Since we can neither afford the staff nor the additional cost (admission is still free!) we are unable to open the Botanic Garden to the public as long as the above coronavirus rules are in place. Once the rules have been sufficiently relaxed, we will, of course, welcome our visitors again.

Until then we apologise for the inconvenience and hope that all our visitors stay healthy!


CURRENTLY FLOWERING

For all those who miss the Botanic Garden because we (still) cannot open, here are some of the most interesting plants which currently flower in the Botanic Garden of the Ruhr-University Bochum.

Passiflora Serratifolia 006 Fl 96dpi
Lupe

Passiflora serratifolia L. (Passifloraceae); distribution: Mexico to Central America - Photo: Wolfgang Stuppy; ©RUB

Maxillaria Macrantha 018 Fl 96dpi
Lupe

Maxillaria macrantha (Barb.Rodr.) Molinari (Orchidaceae); distribution: South America (Guyana to Brazil) - Photo: Wolfgang Stuppy; ©RUB

Nymphoides Humboldtiana 002 Fl 96dpi
Lupe

Nymphoides humboldtiana (Kunth) Kuntze (Menyanthaceae) - Humboldt's floating-heart; distribution: tropical to subtropical America - Photo: Wolfgang Stuppy; ©RUB


ANIMALS IN THE BOTANIC GARDEN: COMMON BUZZARD

On 14 May 2020 we spotted this beautiful Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) in the pine along the stream in the botanic garden.

Buteo Buteo 001
Lupe

Buteo buteo (L.) (Accipitridae) - Common Buzzard; Distribution: Central Europe [Photo: Wolfgang Stuppy, ©RUB]

POSTAL ADDRESS

Ruhr-University Bochum
Botanic Garden
Universitätsstraße 150
D-44801 Bochum
GERMANY

ADDRESS FOR SATNAVS

"Universitätsstraße 160" or
GPS-COORDINATES 51.444761, 7.269031

CONTACT

phone: +49 (234)-32 -23098
E-Mail: bota@ruhr-uni-bochum.de

OPENING TIMES

Summertime
April 01 - October 31

Outdoor: Mon-Sun 9:00 - 18:00 h Glasshouses: Mon-Sun 9:00 - 17:00 h

Wintertime
November 01 - March 31

Outdoor: Mon-Sun 9:00 - 16:00 h Glasshouses: Mon-Sun 9:00 - 15:30 h

Closed on December 24 and 31 as well as during storms and icy conditions

  • Admission free
  • No bicycles, e-scooters and drones
  • Dogs are allowed outdoors but only on the lead