HISTORY OF THE BOTANIC GARDEN

18 July 1961 The parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia decides to found a university in Bochum
1965 Start of construction of the Ruhr-University Bochum
13 June 1965 Ceremonial opening of the Ruhr-University Bochum
1 October 1966 Start of preparatory works to create a Botanic Garden at the Ruhr-University Bochum
1 April 1968 Recruitment of the first gardener and the first curator; beginning of acquistion of woody plants

The area in front of the N-Buildings on which the Botanic Garden was to be developed


October 1969 First glasshouse operational, getting started with the 2,5 ha large propagation and experimentation field
January 1970 Start of construction of the operational building an the glasshouses for propagation and experimentation
January 1971 Start of the second phase of construction of the outdoor areas of the Botanic Garden (Alpine Garden, Systematic Botany, Geobotany)
15 June 1971 Inauguration and opening of the completed areas of construction phase 1 (propagation area, useful plants, biological plant communities, 3 glasshouses)
15 December 1971 Move into the operational building with offices and staff rooms
August 1972 Completion of construction of the glasshouse complex for propagation and experimentation
October 1972 Completion of construction phase 2 of the outdoor areas (Alpine Garden, Systematic Botany, Geobotany)





The glasshouse complex for propagation and experimentation during construction in 1971


The Alpine Garden whilst still under contruction in 1971


May 1975 Start of construction of the Tropical Glasshouse; first-time planting in the Alpine Garden, Dune, Heath and Native Forest Communities
1976 Completion of the Tropical Glasshouse (713 sqm, 17 m clear height)
First apprentice gardeners

The Tropical Glasshouse during its contruction

View into the yet unplanted Tropical Glasshouse


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View of the Tropical Glasshouse today
View of the Tropical Glasshouse today
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4 April 1977 Opening of the Tropical Glasshouse
1980 Construction of the outdoor Infomation Centre (3 wooden pavilions covering 150 sqm)
Start of construction of the first Cloud Forest House
1983 Construction of the second Cloud Forest House
1984 Contruction of the Alpine House (140 sqm)
1985 Refurbishment of the roof of the Tropical Glasshouse
1987 Construction of the third and fourth Cloud Forest House
1988 Publication of the first guide book about the Botanic Garden
September 1988 Completion of the Desert House (400 sqm) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Botanic Garden on 20.09.1988
1990 Opening of the Chinese Garden "Qian Yuan" inside the Botanic Garden

The Desert House just after completion

The first plants moving into the new Desert House


The Chinese Garden whilst under construction


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The Chinese Garden today
The Chinese Garden today
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1998 The Botanic Garden goes online
2000 Foundation of the charity "The Chinese Garden" to support the urgent restauration of the Chinese Garden
Spring 2001 Restauration of the Chinese Garden
Autumn 2001 Re-opening of the Chinese Garden
Opening of the Savannah Houses to display the flora of Australia and South Africa
Summer 2004 Publication of the second guide book (Part 1: Outdoor) "Botanischer Garten der Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Konzept und Themen des Freilandes in 75 Tafeln", von Annette Höggemeier & Bernd Kirchner
August 2005 - September 2005 Renovation and re-opening of the Tropical Glasshouse
2009 Publication of the third guide book: "Botanischer Garten der Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Botanisch-dendrologische Streifzüge", von Veit Dörken & Annette Höggemeier
2015 Publication of a history of the Botanic Garden by Karl Esser ("Der Botanische Garten - Planung und Aufbau 1964-1989")

2004: Publication of the second guide book






BOTANISCHER GARTEN DER RUHR-UNIVERSITÄT BOCHUM
KONZEPT UND THEMEN DES FREILANDS IN 75 TAFELN

by Annette Höggemeier & Bernd Kirchner


2009: Publication of the third guide book





BOTANISCHER GARTEN DER RUHR-UNIVERSITÄT BOCHUM
Botanisch-dendrologische Streifzüge

by Veit Dörken & Annette Höggemeier


2015: Publication of a history of the Botanic Garden






DER BOTANISCHE GARTEN
PLANUNG UND AUFBAU 1964-1989

Von Karl Esser


10 & 11 September 2017 First ever Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum, Araceae) flowering event in Ruhrgebiet at the Botanic Garden of the Ruhr-University Bochum
16 June 2019 First Open Day
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The first Titan Arum flowering event in 2017 was a big sensation
The first Titan Arum flowering event in 2017 was a big sensation
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Our first Open Day on 16 June 2017 was a great success
Our first Open Day on 16 June 2017 was a great success
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03 December 2019 The founder of the Botanic Garden, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Karl Esser, dies at the age of 95.

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

OPENING TIMES

Summer
April 01 - October 31

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

Winter
November 01 - March 31

Outdoor: Mon-Sun 9:00 - 16:00 h

PLEASE NOTE: Glasshouses and Chinese Garden still closed due to Corona.

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