Soon it is the 200th anniversary of University of Oslo (UiO) which was founded in 1812 by Frederik 6 of Denmark and Norway. Originally the plan was that the University would stand on land given to the community in Tøyen, however this plan was never implemented. Instead, in 1814 it was decided that a botanical garden would be created there.
The garden is now an oasis in Oslo, with almost half a million visitors each year. In the period from 1906 to 1916, the museum buildings with botanical, zoological and geological museums were erected, and these days it is 100 years since the Zoological Museum opened its doors to the public for the first time.
The period from 1870 to 1920 was an important period for the natural history museums internationally. Charles Darwin’s evolution had given science an important place in the public debate, and the importance of scientific collections were aknowledged. Natural History museums or museums in botany, zoology and geology were built in all major cities. University of Oslo Botanical garden seeks to increase public awareness of the importance of plant diversity through research, education and plant conservation. The plant collections contain approximately 7500 species.
Not to mention it is a popular tourist attraction as well as lovely meeting place for the local residents of Oslo. This weekend RennyBA and I took a trip to enjoy the spring-early summer season. May and June are very good months to visit the garden as there are lots of plants coming into full bloom.
I am like a butterfly, especially attracted to the lovely colors and fragrances. When I first came to Oslo this was one of the places I was really looking forward to visiting. I love flowers and this one is very meticulously maintained and laid out so that there is always something blooming in every section. The rock garden surrounding the pond is always a favorite of ours as is the smelling garden full of fragrant plants, with all the markings also in brail so that blind visitors can enjoy the garden as well using the other senses. It is also allowed to touch the plants in that section.
If you are interested in beauty and nature, and are crazy about flowers like I am add this to your list of things to do when you visit us at the Oslo Blog Gathering. I am considering being the local guide for this part of the trip.