This beautiful greenhouse was built in 1898 to adequately present the giant (or Amazon) water lily Victoria amazonica. At this time, it was the main attraction of the newly established Basel Botanical Garden. Find out more about the history of the garden on our history page
The impressive amazon water lily forms leaves of up to two metres in diameter. However, the slightly smaller species Victoria cruziana (Santa Cruz water lily) is more often cultivated. From May to September, the large floating leaves literally dominate the heated central basin in the greenhouse.
In addition to this "eyecatcher", the Victoria greenhouse is also home to an impressive diversity of aquatic plants and plants from tropical swamps, such as mangroves, rice, swimming ferns, arum plants and many more.