Species from regions with Mediterranean climates like rather small areas in Chile, California, South Africa, Southern Australia, and of course, Mediterranean Europe, constitute our cold greenhouse collection. Since the climate of these areas is characterized by hot dry summers and cool moist winters with little chance of frost, we need to protect the plants from hard frosts, which are common in Rostock in the winter months. During the summer months, however, we are able to display these plants outside of our greenhouse as well. Typical of the species from these climate regions cultivated in Rostock are evergreen sclerophyllous leaves and a pronounced seasonality in life processes.
Our cold greenhouse collection currently resides in a new cultivation greenhouse, which unfortunately doesn’t allow for visitor traffic. We ask for patience and understanding until these plants can be displayed properly in a new Mediterranean greenhouse scheduled to be built in the future.