A Sea of Blossoms

The spreading flowerbeds in the historical lower part of the park are a delight to the eye. Twice a year the park completely changes its appearance simply by means of the new display of bedding plants. The selection of colours and shapes is planned exactly for each individual bed.

In autumn the gardeners painstakingly plant some 180,000 (!) bulbs and spring-flowering plants by hand. Every visitor, tired of the winter months, will thus be greeted the following spring by a blossoming sea of forget-me-nots, pansies, tulips and narcissi.

When the spring blossom is over, the summer flowers are planted. The selection of the 60,000 summer flowers takes place with the example of Islamic gardens in mind; there are flowers such as zinnias, hibiscus, French marigolds and scented stocks.

Albert Schöchle, the first Director of Wilhelma, was the one who originally had the idea for the large beds of summer blooms. In the years after the Second World War he wanted to offer the visitors a welcome diversion and give them the feeling that things were beginning to look up, and this he did with the huge array of blossoms.

By the way, the Wilhelma gardeners grow most of the flowers themselves. This takes place in the gardening department on Wilhelma's business premises. Every year that means some 120,000 plants of around 40 different species!