Victoria amazonica
Victoria amazonica. Photo: Gunvor Larsson

The Victoria house was inaugurated in 1900 and the purpose was, like in many gardens at the time, to cultivate and put on display the fantastic, giant water lily, Victoria. It is designed in the best possible way to meet the water lily’s demands for light, heat and space. Today, the house is classified as a historic building and it is unique in its kind, since similar conservatories in Europe have disappeared for various reasons.

The visitor is greeted by rich and moist vegetation. In the pond dominating the conservatory, the giant water lily’s stunning leaves are spreading with a diameter reaching 2.6 meters (8.5 feet). When darkness falls, the big, gorgeous flowers unfold, though often it is possible to watch it flowering already in the afternoon. Other tropical water lilies are constantly in bloom, putting on a show of various colours above the surface of the water.

Stretching over the pond are branches covered with epiphytes (plants living on other plants without drawing nutriment from them) like bromeliads, ferns, orchids and cacti. Here you will also find utility plants like rice, sugar cane, papyrus and tropical cucumbers.