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Plant Diversity between the Black and Caspian Seas

16 July 2014

"Caucasus: Plant Biodiversity between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea" is this year’s special exhibition in Berlin’s Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum. It showcases an important hotspot of biodiversity in the northern hemisphere. Between the Black and the Caspian Seas, a multitude of tightly knit habitats can be found: deciduous forests, lush meadows and tall forb communities, alpine rock & scree as well as steppes and semi-deserts.

The exhibition presents a comprehensive and interactive overview of the Caucasus in both the Museum and the Garden´s 0,8 hectare Caucasus section.  Visitors are also introduced to the ongoing research activities of the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum and its partner institutions in the region.

Why is it so important to study plants and ecosystems in the Caucasus and how can these studies help local biodiversity management? Explore trees in a time capsule, look out for bellflowers, poppies and other well-known garden plants and learn more about the importance of the gene resources of wild pears.

The exhibition is open from 16 May 2014 to 22 February 2015. All exhibition texts are in German and English. The richly illustrated catalogue, including all German and English texts, is available for 14 €. Orders can be placed by sending a mail to Ms. Christiane Brüggemann at the address below or to



16 May 2014 to 22 February 2015
Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem,
Freie Universität Berlin
Königin-Luise-Str. 6-8
14195 Berlin


Exhibition poster.
Design: Y. Rieschl, BGBM



Greater Caucasus seen from the air.
Photo: T. Borsch, BGBM

Thomas Borsch, director of BGBM, and Brigitta
Schütt, Vice President of Freie Universität Berlin,
open the Caucasus garden section, 15 May 2014.
Photo: A. Obermüller


One of the newly designed visitor information
panels in the BGBM Caucasus garden section.
Photo: A. Obermüller

Papaver pseudoorientale in the BGBM Caucasus
garden section.
Photo: G. Parolly, BGBM


Pomegranate fruits are omnipresent in South
Caucasian artisanry.
Photo: C. Hillmann-Huber, BGBM

Families with children can explore the exhibition
with an audioguide and an ex-pedition bag with
various activities.
Photo: C. Hillmann-Huber, BGBM







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