Bern's rose garden gets all the glory, but this less formal, less predictable garden meanders along many pathways right above the edge of the river, and makes a great addition to a leisurely walk along the river. The scale of the plants here is small, not ornamental - think low to the ground and intricate detail - but the entire setting, including the fact that much of the garden is shaded, lends itself to quiet contemplation of nature in a way that Bern's more fussy rose garden does not. If you are a fan of so called "primitive plants" - mosses, ferns and the like, especially ones that grow on rocks, this Botanical Garden should be a must-see, but a whole world (literally) of plant life is represented here. Not surprisingly, there is an impressive collection of alpine plants - a treat for those of us that live in more southerly climates.
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