The Scenic Rock Garden

Climbing the rock steps and scrambling along narrow rocky paths of the Rock Garden you might imagine you are in the Alps. In 1970, the enormous quantity of loam left from the building of the Biological Center next door to the Hortus was used to make a hill at the present site of the Rock Garden. This impressive hill was given its present form with stone from Germany, Belgium and Sweden. The use of the combination of calcium-poor, calcium-rich, hard and soft stones means that many sorts of mountain and rock plants can grow here.

In the meantime, native herbs and plants have also colonized the rocky slopes of the garden. Some of the more prominent species are: wild columbine, wild pink, red valerian, pennywort, snow-in-summer and hawkweed ox-tongue.