Continuing from my post from Sunday, i thought i would fill you in a little more about Mainau Island.
Mainau lies just off the shores of Lake Constance in the far south-west of Germany. It has 45 hectares of an extraordinary range of flowers, trees and shrubs.
Favourites with the public include the palm house, with its collection of 1,200 orchids, and the largest butterfly house in Germany, which contains 1,000 examples of exotic species. Other attractions on Mainau island include the palace church of St. Mary, a gem of the south-German baroque, and the Italian rose garden, laid out in 1871 for Grand Duke Friedrich I of Baden. From June to August around 9,000 roses of nearly 400 varieties blossom into flower here.
In 1930, Prince Wilhelm (then the island’s owner) turned the administration of Mainau over to his son, the Swedish Prince Lennart Bernadotte II. The prince, who had renounced his Swedish royal lineage after marrying a commoner, devoted the rest of his life to turning the island into a privately-operated park. Mainau is now maintained in perpetuity by a foundation that the prince and his second wife established, and the island’s manager is their daughter, Countess Bettina Bernadotte. Their son, Count Björn Bernadotte, manages the foundation.
Mainau was a truly beautiful island, and who doesn’t love an island filled with plants!! The displays were well thought and out and well designed. I loved the combinations of planting they used for every display.
I am thinking that it would be a great idea to head back in the Spring time!