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Colonial Traces in the Botanical Gardens: Tour & Discussion

Discover a fascinating journey through time from Titan Arum to Giant Water Lilies, Cocoa to Tea – the history of botanical gardens and the scientific exploration of plant life is closely intertwined with colonial times, a historical aspect often forgotten today.

The Botanical Gardens of the University of Bonn also hold colonial traces, as evident in the famous Titan Arum. Max Koernicke brought it to Bonn from Indonesia in 1934, funded by a scholarship from the former Reich Colonial Office, advocating for Germany to expand its colonial territories.

During the garden tour, Dr. Cornelia Löhne, Scientific Director of the Botanical Gardens, and Dr. Karin Ladenburger, Green School, will highlight and explain these connections to colonialism, reflecting on their impact on today's society. Join the discussion afterward with Dr. Cornelia Löhne and Paulina Saerbeck from the initiative 'Bonn Postkolonial,' moderated by Alma Hannig, Collection Coordinator of the University of Bonn.
Thursday, 20.07.23 - 05:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Colonial Traces in the Botanical Gardens of the University of Bonn
Dr. Cornelia Löhne - Guided tour with Dr. Karin Ladenburger; Paulina Saerbeck and Dr. Cornelia Löhne - Discussion with guests; Presenter: Alma Hannig M.A., Historian, and Collection Coordinator at the University of Bonn.
Target groups



All interested

Meeting point for the guided tour: Main entrance of the Botanical Gardens, at Schlossvorplatz, Meckenheimer Allee 169; Discussion location: Mittelmeerhaus
not required
Dr. Cornelia Löhne, Scientific Director of the Botanical Gardens

Dr. Cornelia Löhne


0228 73-5523

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