The Hirschstetten flower gardens are an explosion of spring colours, Source: The City of Vienna

Spring is in the air: Hirschstetten flower garden is getting ready for visitors

Spring is in the air: Hirschstetten flower garden is getting ready for visitors

Many of the flowers in the Viennese municipal plant nursery are about to blossom, so authorities are welcoming visitors

On 15 March, authorities in Vienna announced that the Hirschstetten flower gardens will be open again. Hirschstetten is a flower nursery, where the city grows many of the plants that fill its numerous parks. At the same time, it’s a space open to nature lovers who have the opportunity to immerse themselves in thousands of square metres of freshly blossommed flower beds.

69,000 flowers are getting ready for spring

The Hirschstetten offers around 60,000 square metres of space, dedicated to flora, ranging from botanical gardens to modern themed gardens. Many of them have been designed to fit a theme, like ‘India’ and ‘Mexico’, while others are made into English gardens or an Austrian vineyard.

Authorities planted around 44,000 tulips in the autumn of 2021 that are now getting ready to spring up from the ground. Furthermore, they will start planting 25,000 violets in the coming days, mostly in yellow, orange, pink, white and violet.

According to a statement by the city, this year Hirschstetten will also see the addition of a new area of around 3,000 square metres. The new area will be home to more tree species as well as even more flowers. It is supposed to strengthen the local butterfly and insect population, providing them with enough space to breed.

Japanese cherries

Japanese cherries in the Hirschstetten can be seen
for just around 10 days, signalling the start of spring,
Source: The City of Vienna 

Municipal flower nurseries in Vienna

Flower nurseries and botanical gardens have been a staple in the Austrian capital since the 19th century and the same can be said for the municipal nursery. One of the first ones was created in 1860 with the express purpose of growing plants for the city’s parks.

Though the location of the municipal nurseries has changed over the years they remain a vital part of the city. Notably, during World War I and World War II they served as vegetable gardens and distributed seeds so that citizens can start growing their own food as well.

Hirschstetten itself was established in 1957, following the closure of many small nurseries dotting the city. Authorities started welcoming visitors in 2002, with the outdoor areas available from mid-March to mid-October, while the palm house is open all year round.



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