During my last visit to Zurich the weather was pretty damp and chilly. Unlike the hot and arid climate preferred by succulents. Yet it is in Zurich that one of the world’s largest succulent plant collection has settled sind 1931. Cacti, agaves, aloes are just a few of the more than 6,500 succulent species in the Succulent Plant Collection in Zurich, Switzerland. Despite all the other temptations offered by Zurich, I took a few hours to visit this extensive and beautiful plant collection – and I was truly lost in plantation!
It is not only my interest in plants that drives me into botanical gardens. It is also a sort of time out experience wherever I am – nothing is as soothing and relaxing as one or two quiet hours surrounded by plants. I love to travel the world within a botanical garden – you wander from Africa to America, from the desert to the jungle. I am particularly fascinated by the huge variety of textures, shapes and colours of the plants.
The Succulent Plant Collection in Zurich is easily accessible from the city center by bus. It is located on the shores of Lake Zurich and offers enough variety to spend one or two hours. Take your time to roam around and inspect the incredible variety of succulents. A few succulent plants are also offered for sale at the exit so if you feel inspired and you want a perfect green souvenir, you know where to get it.
Succulent Plant Collection, Mythenkai 88, 8002 Zurich, Switzerland
Photography by Igor Josifovic