Munich Botanical Gardens

26.09.16

While I was in Munich a couple of weeks ago attending the ‘Best of Interior Blogs’ awards ceremony, I decided to spend day two doing something with my little girl Lola that we could both enjoy. I had been invited by the German publishers Callwey Verlag to the botanical gardens to attend the book launch of Igor Josifovic and Judith de Graaf‘s fabulous new book ‘Urban Jungle‘ however sadly we didn’t land until the afternoon. As much as I would have loved attending – especially given that my big IG girl crush Anastasia Benko was hosting a floral workshop which I knew would be breathtaking AND my pal Gudy Herder was giving a trend talk I would have loved to see – we just didn’t make it. We had left the house at four o’clock that morning and by the time we arrived it was the late afternoon and I had a tired toddler on my hands. We set out and went for cake and cappuccino’s instead but I kept an eye on my Instagram feed for updates of the event and with all the beautiful snaps of the botanical gardens streaming in I made a promise to Lola that we would go there the next day, since we had an entire day to burn before flying home on the Saturday night.

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We started our day with a leisurely breakfast on the terrace of our hotel. We stayed at Bold Hotel, a lovely place to stay if you’re visiting Munich, with very pretty interior design. After breakfast, we jumped on the metro and made our way over to the Botanical Gardens at Nymphenburg. We decided the gardens were so near to Nymphenburg Palace that it would be silly not to stroll the palace grounds before making our way to the botanical gardens. Lola was delighted to spot a bride posing behind the palace, and loved racing down the pathways with bare feet. And gosh, what we found once we arrived at the greenhouses I had been desperate to visit was nothing short of breathtaking.

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The greenhouse is divided into several sections each comprising of different gardens and each with the perfect environment in order for the plants to thrive. There is a palm tree plantation, ferns, cycads, aquatic plants, orchids, Africa and Madagascar house, Mexico garden, cacti plantations and more. I was particularly blown away with the cacti plantations. So many textures, heights, hues, variations and all made so beautifully with stone paving and attractive landscaping.

Lola was clearly loving it as much as I was. Sans shoes, she raced around each of the 11 greenhouses, edging her way through winding jungle pathways or dodging cactus spines. At one point she pretended she was the greenhouse gardener and was telling me each of the plant species, made up of course.

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We gasped at oversized waterlilies, felt the different textures of so many different plants, pondered about the varying temperatures in each of the greenhouses and pretended we were amazonians lost in the jungle. It was a wonderful day for both of us and a genuine highlight of the weekend.

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Aware of the time and anxious to get back to our hotel, gather our things and make it to the airport in time for our flight home, we sped through it a bit whereas I could have wandered around those greenhouses for much longer. Nonetheless we had enough time to snap a few photographs and grab a bite to eat and a drink at the botanical gardens cafe, dip our feet in the fountains, delight at all the beautiful wildflowers and herbs the gardens boasts and pause to take in all the lovely scents in the rose gardens. I was also very proud of myself for taking the time and effort to make something out of this time together with Lola, in a foreign city despite not knowing where to go or how to get there. She is old enough to really get involved in these kinds of activities now and is yearning for new information and learning opportunities. She had a ball and I did too, both appreciating the outing for different reasons but both leaving there with full hearts and new inspiration. I can’t wait to do another girls weekend with her. Where to go next? Any tips?

Holly x

Photography: Holly Marder | Avenue Lifestyle

2 Responses to “Munich Botanical Gardens”

  1. christine says:

    Absolutely lovely! x

  2. Marianna says:

    What a beautiful and peaceful way to spend the day!

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