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Aarhus Botanic Garden

sunny 25 °C

We enjoyed a lovely lunch with Aaron, Rikke and Olivia at the botanic gardens greenhouses. We had visited the gardens previously, but hadn't been to the greenhouses. Established and managed by Aarhus University, it was a lovely surprise with numerous plant collections presented in four different climate zones -- mediterranean, desert, forest and tropical.

This is an interesting aerial photo Botanic Gardens Greenhouse aerial photo

The large dome houses the tropical greenhouse

The large dome houses the tropical greenhouse


The greenhouse on the right houses the mediterranean, desert and forest areas

The greenhouse on the right houses the mediterranean, desert and forest areas

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There is also a small area, very well set up, prior to entering the greenhouses with several displays which I found quite interesting.

The first pic shows the area of land under cultivation in Denmark. 64 percent of the land area produces enough food for 15 million people. (Denmark's population is 5.6million). The agriculture and food sector as a whole represents 20 per cent of total Danish commodity exports. Big business. However the next graphic shows that 84% of wheat grown is used to feed animals. This is also an issue as much of the grains grown worldwide are used to feed animals. If it could be used to feed people surely there would be enough to feed all.

Agriculture in Denmark is big business.  Interesting graphic showing the area of Denmark under cultivation in 1628, and 2012.

Agriculture in Denmark is big business. Interesting graphic showing the area of Denmark under cultivation in 1628, and 2012.


Another interesting graphic showing that 84% o wheat grown in Denmark is used for fodder for animals. Hmmm..  as 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture, this is an issue which affects all of us.

Another interesting graphic showing that 84% of wheat grown in Denmark is used for fodder for animals. Hmmm.. as 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture, this is an issue which affects all of us.

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I found the info on the amount of morphine and other opiates used in just one week quite shocking. Our dependence of drugs generally is a concern. Obviously an age-old issue given the info in the book from 400 years ago.

Almost 400 years old, this beautifully illustrated book describes major medicinal plants of the 1600's when opium became a common remedy.  Even back then one could only buy opium at the apothecary's shop with a proper prescription

Almost 400 years old, this beautifully illustrated book describes major medicinal plants of the 1600's when opium became a common remedy. Even back then one could only buy opium at the apothecary's shop with a proper prescription

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These 342 assorted packets and glasses, which held about 10,000 tablets, vials, suppositories, powders and drops with morphine and other opiates, were collected at Aarhus University Hospital in 2014.   They represent one week's consumption.

These 342 assorted packets and glasses, which held about 10,000 tablets, vials, suppositories, powders and drops with morphine and other opiates, were collected at Aarhus University Hospital in 2014. They represent one week's consumption.


Interesting paradox

Interesting paradox

Unfortunately, the issue with the GMOs is also a global issue. We are fortunate in Australia as our labelling laws state that food products must identify if GMO products are used in the ingredients. I'm not sure about other products such as cotton clothing.

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Strolling through the greenhouse, from one climate area to another, was lovely. There were plants from most parts of the world. It was quite a sensuous experience also with many beautiful flowering plants, and also the sounds, smells and the heat of the tropical rainforest.

However, the wonder for me was the tropical greenhouse. Immediately on entering you are aware of the butterflies. ... they are everywhere. It was magical to stand still and have butterflies fluttering about, and even past my face. I have never experienced this before. It was lovely (but unfortunately very hard to photograph well as they flitted about!).

Desert area

Desert area


Desert area in chilly Denmark

Desert area in chilly Denmark


Interesting carnivorous plants

Interesting carnivorous plants


Fine mist ensuring correct humidity and conditions for the plants

Fine mist ensuring correct humidity and conditions for the plants


Of course Australia wasn't forgotten.

Of course Australia wasn't forgotten.


Flowering Indian clock vine in the forest greenhouse

Flowering Indian clock vine in the forest greenhouse


Sacred Lotus flower

Sacred Lotus flower


Sacred Lotus

Sacred Lotus


Sacred Lotus

Sacred Lotus


Butterflies everywhere

Butterflies everywhere


Longwing Butterfly

Longwing Butterfly


Longwing butterfly

Longwing butterfly

Observatory tower within the tropical greenhouse

Observatory tower within the tropical greenhouse


On the platform overlooking the wonderland below

On the platform overlooking the wonderland below

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We also enjoyed a relax in the gardens, which are quite large and beautifully set out. There were many families enjoying a picnic in the lovely summer weather.

Traditional wooden windmill in the gardens

Traditional wooden windmill in the gardens


Delicious vegan lunch which was on the menu.  Very impressed as it is a small cafe.

Delicious vegan lunch which was on the menu. Very impressed as it is a small cafe.


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Relaxing time in the gardens

Relaxing time in the gardens


Sharing time together

Sharing time together


The joy of chasing bubbles

The joy of chasing bubbles

Horse-drawn carriage in the gardens

Horse-drawn carriage in the gardens

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Posted by patsaunder 08:08 Archived in Denmark

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