The botanic gardens feature numerous rarities and really special attractions, worth to take a closer look at.
Image gallery: Garden attractions and highlights
Every single plant, every blade of grass and every flower in the Botanic Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle is worth to be looked upon, but some of them are really eye-catching for various reasons. In other words, there are some rare plant species and the gardens strive for their preservation.
There is for example a 700 year old olive tree which is of six-tons weight or a newly discovered Wollemia nobilis, which was believed to be extinguished. Also the two fruit varieties “Kalterer Böhmer” apples or Muskateller pears have found a new habitat in the gardens. Also some types of wine such as “Blatterle”, “Gschlafener” and “Jungferle” flourish in the gardens.
Another jewel in the gardens is the Rhododendron Arboreum. This 6 metres high plant has been brought to the gardens from Lago Maggiore. Moreover the gardens went into a partnership for the largest and probably also oldest grapevine worldwide, growing at Castel Katzenzungen at Prissiano, a real cultural asset of South Tyrol. And probably one of the most curious exhibits is a 2,400-year old grape pip from South Tyrol.
But that’s far from being all: watch tulip blossom in early spring, when more than 200,000 tulips inaugurate the seasons in the botanic gardens. Moreover every spring some 400 different rhododendron types are the eye-catchers number one. Children primarily look forward to the voliers with colourful parrots and croaking macaws. In June the blue lavender fields spread Provençal atmosphere. Whenever you visit the botanic gardens, they always provide a special atmosphere and enchant you with their scents, colours and blossom!