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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.

Peaceful surroundings

Peaceful surroundings

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.

Lilly of the Valley

Lilly of the Valley

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.

Spring blooming trees

Spring blooming trees

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.

The smelling garden

The smelling garden

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.

Comments on: "An Oasis in the City, Oslo Botanical Garden" (12)

  1. I great place for a fine walk to really appreciate life. I love Botanical Gardens very much.

    Have a terrific day. Big hug to you and Renny. 🙂

  2. It looks lovely! Botanical Garden are always an oasis in the city, like you said.

  3. i thought oasis only existed in deserts?
    it must be nice to have such a beautiful garden. what most people often don’t appreciate is how much attention a garden like that demands. beautiful flowers don’t grow on trees.
    well, they do, but you know what i mean.
    just like i knew what you meant by calling the garden an oasis.

    • Yes, I admire their maticulous care. We have only a small garden around the edges of the house and some hedges, and they really need a lot of maintainence to keep from going wild, so I can just imagine the army of gardeners that park requires!

  4. Oh, how wonderful! I think we may visit, maybe even before the blog gathering since we arrive a couple of days earlier….. hmmmm…

  5. Agree, this is an Oasis in Oslo; and it is large. Combined with the two other Museums in the Park, you easily spend a day there.
    And it’s also one of the favourite destinations for Anna’s classes, as it is less than 5 minutes walk from the School.

    Wonderful photos. The first one is excellent.

    See you soon;)

  6. […] last weekend and we gladly take you along for the tour. Read her post from a different prospective; An Oasis in the City – while I take this opportunity to announce & prove that summer finally has arrived in […]

  7. outsideoslo said:

    How beautiful. That looks like a place in which one could spend hours, just admiring the beautiful flowers, maybe with a sketchbook or journal, and a picnic.

    • Thank you. And welcome to my blog! Nice to see new commenters. I love the Botanical garden I visit it throughout the seasons to watch the nature change. Its a treasure hidden in the middle of the city.

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