The Forest Botanical Garden of Eberswalde was founded in 1830 together with the Royal Prussian Higher Academy of Forestry in Eberswalde. It is thus among the oldest botanical gardens in Europe. Following the recommendation of the Board of Science it was incorporated in 1992 into the just recently founded university. With this step, this natural and cultural monument could be maintained for the state of Brandenburg and it has since been developed further using the skills of the university.
Today, the garden is an integral part of the worldwide network of botanical gardens with which we maintain an active exchange of experience. The subjects of research activities at the Eberswalde Garden over the past years have been, for example, bio-indicators of native and foreign woods, or the occurrence and spread of rare wood types in the north eastern lowlands of Germany. The garden also provides supplies nationally to research facilities as well as other users such as bee-keepers, basket weavers or social facilities.
The reconstructed root laboratory was opened in 2004 by the Minister for Science, Research and Culture. The core of the building remains the historical root cellar constructed in the 1930s, to which were added new viewing cases for the root collection. Unique nationally as an experimental facility, here you can not only observe the plant roots visually but also collect information about their water usage and the flow of fluids in the ground. This is of inestimable value for the currently running doctoral project in the Garden concerning the study of roots in pine forests with varying quantities of nutrients.
In addition, the garden also offers cultural activities. In summer the annual open-air concerts of the acclaimed concert series “Purple” take place in the garden.