About the garden

About the garden

The Botanical Garden of the TU Delft (Technical University Delft) is located on the Rhine-Schie Canal, close to the East Gate and within walking distance of the modern TU campus. It was made nearly a hundred years ago together with the building in front of the garden and with the city district of Wip polder. Initially the terrain was a soggy meadow adjacent to the herb garden for Delft pharmacists. The Botanical Garden is now around 2.5 hectares.It is the largest single green area adjoining the Delft inner city.

The Tree Garden

For visitors, be they neighbors or tourists, the Garden is a hospitable and informative oasis of peace in this busy city. One enters via the indicated Visitors Gate and the Museum Shop, where tickets can be bought and all questions answered. From there you step into the garden and arrive first of all in the Tree Garden, with its collection of conifers and broad-leaved trees. The beehives, the aviary, the rock garden, the children’s playhouse, and the bare-feet path are also found in this area.

The Middle Garden

Further on, flanked by high gables, lies the formal Middle Garden with its characteristic elements of 16 shorn Yews and two Dawn redwoods. The Middle Garden has for the past few years been the working area for a team of garden volunteers. Here, year after year, they raise all sorts of edible crops, lost vegetable species, and flowers especially attractive to bees. They do something similar in the close-by Theme Garden, but then with plants producing dyes of all colours. These are used in an annual workshop to dye wool.

The Greenhouses

In the very centre of the Garden are the hothouses with tropical and subtropical plants, primarily from Asia. Many technical/industrial plants are kept there. Think, for instance, of kapok, bamboo, and oil palms. Within the National Plant Collection, ‘Technical plants’ constitutes one of the collections for which the Botanical Garden of the TU Delft is responsible. Among the greenhouses is also the Orangery, where container plants can be harbored frost free in winter and where expositions can be held in summer.

Technical plants

North of the greenhouses are fields of Technical plants, among others, medicinal plants and fiber plants. In the middle of these fields is the Tree Pavilion. At the side, in a cage construction to protect against birds, a collection of protected plants has been started. In this area a new rock garden has also been planned. The fields discussed, where in winter you have a view of the Schie, are bordered by the Forest Edge with its collection of tree species producing utilitarian kinds of wood.