Botanical Gardens

Grüne Werkstatt


hands-on! Learning by doing and experiments. Duration 2–3 hours, cost: 60€ for groups of up to 16 children/teenagers, larger groups 75€. Please note, not all workshops/tours are suitabel to run for larger groups.

Themed guided tours:

Exciting experiences around plants, touching allowed. Duration approx. 1 hour, cost: 50€ (for school classes reduced 40€), max. number of participants: 16 children/teenagers per group.


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NEW: Rally: Who eats who – and other exciting relationships between plants and animals

Guided rally to stations around the Botanical Garden and greenhouses

Suitable for 7 to 11 years of age

Available all year

2 hours duration

Cost: 60 €, max. group size is 16 children, larger groups may be accommodated on request

Children between the ages of 7 and 11 will experience the versatility of adaptations between animal and plant life and learn that plants are important to humans too.
Using selected examples, the children get to know plant-animal relationships in the botanical garden in small groups. In the process, small puzzles are solved, exciting details are explained, things are made and even the network of ecological relationships between animals and plants are being "reconstructed" in the groups.

The children go independently in small groups to several stations, get to answer questions and solve puzzles. At the supervised base station (doing crafts and networking) the group builds and cocludes the rally. With more than 16 children, the group can be divided to ensure each child can visit the independent stations as well as the base station.

Guided Tour of the Tropical rainforest

Themed tour exploring tropical crops from pine apple to cinnamon

Minimum age 6 years, available all year

The journey into the Tropics starts for many of us already at breakfast. Where do coffee, cocoa and bananas come from? What do the plants look like? During the tour of the Tropicarium, reaching all senses, we learn many exciting facts about the origin and use of these plants.

Nighttime in the jungle

Flashlight tour in darkness

Suitable for 7 to 11 years of age

Available all year after dark

Curious children can expect and expedition of a special kind: we will explore the Tropicarium with our flashlights in the dark. In the light of darkness you will explore the typical plants of the rainforests, such as the meat eating fly-catcher plant or the stange epiphyte. In addition you will find out many facts about the annimals in the rainforest. If we are lucky we might hear the nocturnal whistling frogs....

The dessert is alive

Guided tour exploring adaption of plants to survive in the dessert

Suitable for 6 to 13 year olds

Available all year

Who knows where organic lipstick gets its colour and who has seen the skeleton of real cacti? Which plants of the desert did Indians use for their diet or to produce practical everyday objects? What is behind the name elephant ear and tongueleaf?

Cacti, agaves, living stones and many other fascinating plants that defy extreme drought in the desert can be seen growing in the succulent greenhouse of the Botanical Garden.

We will get to the bottom of these questions by providing a child-friendly tour using all our senses.

Records in the plant kingdom

Guided tour to the largest, smallest, heaviest, cleanest... plants on earth

Suitable for 7 to 11 year olds

Available between April and November

On this tour we will be measuring the smallest tree and will try to muck up the cleanest plant. This guided tour is a journey to all the record holders in the plant kingdorm and will cover the gardens as well as the greenhouses in the Botanical Garden.

Diversity - the miracle of evolution

A guided tour focusing on botanical examples on the topic of evolution.

Curriculum year 12

Available Mai to July

Why are there fruits without seeds? Why are there so many endemic plant species in the Canary Islands? What adaptions are there between the flowering of a plant and their respective pollinators? Why have some plants developed to look like rocks and what is a living fossil?

Workshop: Expedition to the tropical rainforest

Workshop proposal teaching the ecology of tropical live forms, adaption to a tropical climate

Curriculum year 6- 8

Available all year

In this workshop, we focus on the adaptations that plants make to survive in the climatic conditions of the tropical rainforest. At several "research stations" the students can learn about and examine some specially adapted plant groups. In addition to the mere transfer of knowledge, we want to awaken the students interest in this highly threathened habitat, its diversity and uniqueness.

Workshop: Water, plants and their tricks to survive

Experiments to research the adaption of plants to water resources

Curriculum years 9-12

Available April to October

Which typical adaptations show plants in locations with high or low rainfall levels? What happens to the water in the plants and how do plants manage to survive in certain habitats without any rain?

What are the strategies plants can adapt to conquer living in water without sinking or suffocating? What kind of problems do plants face in the tropical rainforest?

We will get to the bottom of these and other questions by experimenting at selected stations in the Botanical Garden. We pay special attention to the plant characteristics and their function to survive in a particular habitat.