The reopening of the main tropical conservatory that, in spite of its age, is still one of the largest single-structure tropical conservatories in the world, will be marked with five days of celebrations. On September 16, 2009, the majestic dome will be reopened in a special ceremony with Federal Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel and the Director of the Directorate General for Regional Policy of the European Union, Dr. Dirk Ahner (tbc). The state of Berlin will be represented by Ingeborg Junge-Reyer in her function as mayor. The host of the event, Prof. Dr. Thomas Borsch, Director of the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem, will greet 500 invited guests.
Beginning September 17, the tropical conservatory will again be open to the public. On September 17 and 18, visitors may attend interesting popular science lectures (in German) on topics such as "Tropical Research at Freie Universität Berlin" or "Botany and Architecture." The lectures will be accompanied by tours through the tropical conservatory.
The highlight and conclusion of the celebrations will be a huge party on September 19 and 20. Many thousands of visitors are expected to attend. For a symbolic entrance fee of 1 euro, there will be a comprehensive program of information and entertainment for the whole family. The program will include numerous information stands, tours of the conservatory in its new radiance, an extensive photo exhibition on the renovation, musical performances, a children's program, and culinary specialties with a tropical flair.
Program details can be found online on the pages of the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem regarding the renovation of the main tropical conservatory (www.botanischer-garten-berlin.de/tropenhaussanierung).
The renovation of the tropical conservatory was partially funded by the Environmental Relief Program (UEP) that is co-financed by the European Union through the Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the state of Berlin (Senate Department for Health, Environment, and Consumer Protection). Additional funds came from the German federal and state University Building Support Fund (HBFG), from the German Lottery Foundation Berlin, and from Freie Universität Berlin.