One of the perks of living in Bratislava is its great location: it takes just a little bit more than 1 hour to get to Vienna by train and 14 eur for a return ticket. So the whole tour to the “Raritätenbörse” held in Botanical garden of Vienna University took me only 5 hours.
Despite the fact that this Botanical garden is “just behind the fence” of my beloved Belvedere museum with Klimt paintings, I’ve never been to the garden before and the fair was a great reason to finally visit it.
My impressions about this event.
Well, to be honest, I didn’t really understand who labeled this a “rare” plant fair. Some rare plants were indeed presented, but more than half of the propositions were quite common garden plants, vegetables and succulents. However, even though the reality didn’t totally met my expectations, I still liked it a lot.
Photos of plants that could be named “rare” and caused my “urban jungle” excitement.
This company offered a lot of nice plants including banana trees. It would be nice to visit their greenhouses one day.
This couple offered a lot of exotic plants, mostly orchids.
Huge amounts of Bonsai trees
One of the few stands with classical urban jungle plants
Absolutely amazing collection of air plants
Nice bougainvillea, my big love
Next big topic of the fair were the cactuses and succulents.
Just a succulent heaven.
Some “hen and chickens plant” patterns.
It was really a wide variety of rock garden plants.
Variety of cactuses
Exhibition of “hen and chickens”
Few words about this Botanical garden. The only greenhouse open to the public looked like this:
Technically, it’s just a big room with a high ceiling filled with trees, palms and orchids. All other “sections” of greenhouses were closed which means that I will make my “urban jungle” discovery of Vienna greenhouses in Schonbrunn. Their greenhouses are opened for visitors for sure.
Vienna University owns a huge collection of orchids, but areas with collections were also closed, I just took a look at it from behind the fence.
Looks great, doesn’t it?
And another interesting place in the garden is Alpine Rocks garden with bonsai collection and rhododendrons. Some of them have started to bloom already.
Ticket to the Fair and Alpine garden costs 7 eur.
If I were a Vienna local, I would gladly come to this event next year to buy herbs for my windowsill garden and some indoor plants too, but to experience bigger concentration of rare plants it’s worthy to visit more specialized events like International Orchid show in Austrian Klosterneuburg.
And in the end a quick look at Belvedere, which looks as beautiful as always.