The historic greenhouses of the Greifswald Botanic Garden (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany) – rescued in the nick of time


  • Peter König University of Greifswald, Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology



Glasshouse restoration, Glasshouses, Garden history


The historic greenhouses of the University of Greifswald, built between 1884 and 1886 and covering an area of almost 300 m², are characterised by their riveted frame construction typical of the era. After almost 130 years of uninterrupted use, they were briefly on the brink of collapse in 2014 because damage caused by corrosion had reached a critical level. The State Monument Preservation Office campaigned strongly for the greenhouses, so that the university, with the support of the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and other sponsors, was ultimately able to successfully carry out the restoration. The costs are expected to amount to around €4.3 million. The construction work undertaken on the tropical, palm and cycad houses guarantees that valuable plant collections will be preserved and that more extensive growth phenomena and ecological relationships can be demonstrated in the future.


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Fig. 18 A 2022 view of the greenhouse complex with the renewed historical section (two rebuilt chimneys). The aquatic plant house (erected in 1960, overhauled in 1997) is in the foreground, with the show house, succulent house and other greenhouses (1950s to 1962, demolished and rebuilt in 2010–2012) on the left. Photo: P. König.

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DOI 10.24823/Sibbaldia.2023.1940

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How to Cite

König, P. (2022). The historic greenhouses of the Greifswald Botanic Garden (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany) – rescued in the nick of time. Sibbaldia: The International Journal of Botanic Garden Horticulture, (22).