No public guided tours in the Botanical Garden

Due to the current corona virus situation in North Rhine-Westphalia there will be no public tours of the Botanical Garden until further notice.

Thanks for your understanding.

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Current information of events and seasonal botanical highlights can be found under the rubric visitors information

Meeting of the Working Group Education in the Association of Botanic Gardens e.V.

On 31 January and 1 February 2020 the working meeting of the AG Education in the Association of Botanical Gardens took place in Münster. The AG Education supports botanical gardens in the educational development and design of the garden. Innovative concepts for public relations work and educational offers for diverse target groups are developed.

© C. Volk
© K. Schaller

Plants, Knowledge, Commitment -

Development, testing and dissemination of innovative educational formats at nature conservation academies and botanical gardens

This three-year project aims to promote the idea of sustainability and civil society's commitment to take action in the context of environment and politics.  The project should contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the National Biodiversity Strategy and the World Programme of Education for Sustainable Development. The project is funded by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU).

The national project partners are the Association of Botanical Gardens e.V. (VBG), the state-supported national working group of educational institutions in nature and environmental protection (BANU) and the University of Kassel. A total of 8 nature conservation academies and 11 botanical gardens are involved in eight federal states. Within the context of this project, the participating nature conservation academies and botanical gardens of a federal state jointly design innovative event formats and educational offers for their institutions.

In North Rhine-Westphalia the Nature and Environmental Protection Academy NRW in Recklinghausen (NUA), the Bonn Botanical Gardens and the Münster Botanical Garden are participating.

© VBG/ BANU/ Uni Kassel/ DBU
Viola guestphalica
© WWU/ BG Münster

Support for active nature conservation

An increasing number of wild plant species are threatened in their existence in Germany and some of them have become so rare in recent years that they are currently threatened with extinction.

The project Wild Plant Protection Germany (WIPs De) promotes cultural measures for highly endangered species.  From seeds, spores and the reproduction of clones, young plants are grown in Botanic Gardens in conservation cultures for the settlement in natural habitats.

One of these responsible species is the Westphalian Calm Violet (Viola guestphalica, logo of the Botanical Garden Muenster). This endemic violet grows at only one location in North Rhine-Westphalia. Since the end of 2019, the Botanical Garden Muenster has been financially supported by the Federal Agency of Nature Conservation for the conservation culture of the Westphalian Calm Violet in order to ensure the preservation of this responsible species.

© BfN
© WWU-Thomas Mohn

Baumtaler-Führungen dank großzügiger Spende

Am 29.11.2019 übergab Herr Krimphove einen gebackenen Scheck über 3000 Euro an den Fördererkreis des Botanischen Gartens. Damit werden von April bis Oktober Führungen für Vorschulkinder, Schulklassen und Ferienbetreuung finanziert. Mit der Spende können 85 Kindergruppen eine kostenlose Führung im Botanischen Garten buchen.

Der Fördererkreis und das Team des Botanischen Gartens bedanken sich herzlich bei Herrn Krimphove für die Unterstützung. Informationen zur Bewerbung erhalten sie hier: Baumtaler-Führungen 

Botanical Garden of WWU

Plant systematics with a view to the castle
© de Lamor-Sellés Schneider

The Botanical Garden of the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster was founded in 1803. As scientific institution it provides resources for scientific research and teaching. Other functions include conservation of species- and genetic diversity and maintenance of scientifically valuable collections.

Green houses and orangery
© de Lamor-Sellés Schneider

In addition to its role as university facility, the Botanical Garden Münster is open to the public and represents an recreational oasis right in the center of Münster  where visitors are invited to discover and enjoy nature and learn interesting facts about botany and ecology.

The Botanical Garden offers numerous guided tours and events and provides information on botanical and ecological topics.

Winter in the Botanical Garden
© BG Münster
Spring in the Botanical Garden
© BG Münster