Tropical Greenhouses

Another essential part of the Botanic Gardens are the Tropical Greenhouses, which are open to the public. The tropical collection has many Orchids and Bromeliads and focuses on plants from the northern part of the neotropics (South America). Here you will also find food plants like Banana, Mango and Vanilla.

The Tropical Greenhouses include:

  • the central section with numerous succulents and tropical climbers;
  • the cold or subtropical greenhouse with conservatory plants or ‘Cape plants’, such as orange and angel's trumpet (Brugmansia). Some of these plants grow here permanently, but many of the half-hardy perennials spend the summer outdoors;
  • the tropical greenhouse featuring the truly tropical plants. Here, the temperature is kept at a constant 21 degrees Celsius with air humidity of 55% during the day and around 95% at night. The cacao tree, papaya and various liana are some of the species that grow here;
  • three collection greenhouses primarily featuring orchids and bromeliads;
  • the climbing plant corridor with several species of passiflora and other flowering tropical climbing plants.


Zoo regulations for keeping animals have become more stringent. It is difficult for us to comply with all these rules. Therefore, it was decided to say goodbye to the crested wood partridges in the Greenhouses, as well as the frogs and lizards in the display cases.

Frequently asked questions

What about the fish in the ponds in the Tropical greenhouse?
The fish in the various ponds in the Greenhouses have been released by visitors. We take good care of the fish and maintain their numbers.

Where did the crested wood partridges, frogs and lizards go?
The animals have been relocated to where they are well cared for and no zoo permit is required to keep them. The free-living frog species in the Greenhouses we keep and are well cared for.

What are you doing with the butterflies?
The butterflies will remain, but we will focus mainly on butterflies from the neotropics, the same area we focus on with our plant collection in the Greenhouses, starting in 2024.