Shady and Cool: Trauttmansdorff’s Forests of the World Garden Area

Forests of the World offers shade, exotic ferns and primordial plants

Forests of the World
Forets of the World

The Forests of the World area is located on the north side of Trauttmansdorff Castle. These leafy woods offer a shady refuge, especially in summer. A wide variety of deciduous and coniferous woods from North and South America and East Asia add a touch of the exotic. The primordial Fern Glen, replete with streams and waterfalls, is refreshingly cool. In addition to the natural landscapes, there are also crop plants from the Americas, as well as an Asian rice paddy and tea plantation – representing important cultivated landscapes from faraway lands.

Trauttmansdorff’s Forests of the World area also features special plant collections that set it awash in colour: ornamental cherry trees begin their parade of blossoms in April, immediately followed by the lush flowering of over 300 species and varieties of rhododendron.

Bamboo Forest

Bamboo Forest

About 40 small, medium and full-sized species and varieties of bamboo grow here on various levels. In addition, the station shows how the many different ways in which bamboo can be used as a material through examples from the Far East.

Farntal & Wollemia nobilis

Wollemia nobilis

Ginkgo, Araucaria, and dawn redwood lend the Fern Glen a primeval appearance. The highlight here is a specimen of a species that was once believed to be extinct: Wollemia nobilis. This “living fossil” was commonly found throughout the world 65 million years ago. In 1994, specimens were discovered in a hidden canyon in Australia – a botanical sensation!

Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden

Ancient traditions are still alive and well in this garden: Every stone, the course of the stream, the positioning of the individual plants and the machiai shelter all follow the design of a Japanese master in the art of gardening. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy true serenity.

Flowering Clay Wall

Flowering Clay Wall

Unique in the world, this ingenious planting of colorful flowering “walls” of loam – nearly vertical flowerbeds supported by 1,500 m² of reinforced earth – affords visitors an up-close-and-personal encounter with plants.

Palm Beach

Palm Beach

Nowhere in the gardens is Trauttmansdorff’s unique fusion of North and South clearer than at Palm Beach, located in Forests of the World. Lounge on a deck chair, surrounded by a beach of fine sand and shady palm trees. This is a tropical dream come true – with a twist: panoramic views of snow-capped mountain peaks.

Glass House

Glass House

In late summer 2013, a new attraction will open its doors in Forests of the World: the Glass House and Terrarium. A continually modified exhibition of exotic and rare plants will be housed here. Animals such as tree frogs, leaf-cutter ants and geckos will call the terrarium home, affording visitors a chance to see them close up.