Close to the Klosterbergegarten in southern Magdeburg, Germany you can find the legacy of Hermann Gruson, a factory owner that sent staff out to the world to collect plants. He created the largest collection of cactuses in Europe. After his death his collection and the greenhouses became property of the city of Magdeburg.

The greenhouses have a good infrastructure and you can easily walk through them to enjoy palms, succulents, nympheas, orchids and other exotic plants. There are also crocodiles and chamaleons. One cactus has even been named after Mr. Gruson: Echinocactus grusonii, also named mother-in-law’s cushion because of its size and sharp spines.

Schönebecker Straße 129b
39104 Magdeburg

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