Special exhibitions and Annual themes
Special exhibitions and annual themes in the past
The first special exhibition conceptualized by Trauttmansdorff focused the spotlight on Ginkgo biloba. This primordial tree, which has a long tradition in Asia, has also achieved prominence in South Tyrol in recent years: Merano’s first ginkgo tree, in fact, was planted 150 years ago.
The special exhibition Heavenly Scents, Ungodly Stench! communicated strange and interesting facts about smell: Why is it that we can smell some people but not others? Do flowers emit odors in order to mimic and deceive? These and other questions were answered in a very special way for exhibition-goers during their journey through the mysterious world of smell.
The annual theme, “Kissed by fragrances – a stroll among scents and spices”, ran throughout the gardening season: A variety of stations in the Gardens were offering visitors an insight into the world of everyday and exotic plants, and guests at the gardens could also look forward to a zesty fringe programme of absorbing lectures and themed guided tours.
The special exhibition, “Killer plants – The green carnivores”, offerd an overview of the beautiful yet terrifying world of these refined trappers. The exhibition showcased different types of traps and the great biodiversity of these bizarre survival artists, all enriched by living plants, interactive experience stations and guided tours.