Plant education programme
Explore our plant education trail that winds through the spacious, near-naturally designed gardens on the Grüental Campus, and expand your knowledge of the Swiss flora. The plants are clearly marked and can be displayed on your smartphone or tablet using an interactive map.
Discover Switzerland's native flora with our botanical programme or refresh your knowledge of these species in self-study. The plant education courses in our gardens and plant collections are particularly suitable for preparing for the «Bellis» (200 species) and «Iris» (400 species) field botany certificates from the Swiss Botanical Society SBG.
The courses can be adjusted according to the certificate lists for either 200 or 400 species, depending on your level of knowledge and your personal learning goals. The 200 plant species are grouped into about twelve themed courses, whereas the 400 species are grouped into about 16, making it easier for you to get to know and review the plants. You can access the plants using the interactive map and then locate them on the Grüental campus and in the surrounding area. This creates the perfect opportunity to learn about the plants in nature, with the aide of digital orientation and information about the species.
For the 200 species program, we also offer a map with a list of species on our website for each course. You can download the map as a pdf-document and bring it with you in printed form if you want to complete the courses without a smartphone or tablet.
The individual courses are based on the location preferences of the plants or their growth habit. Here you can find exciting explanations and tips for participating in each course:
The interactive map replaces the previous Explorer app. It is suitable for all smartphones and tablets, free of charge and accessible without downloading or logging in. The only requirement is an Internet connection. It is also possible to use the university's WLAN connection on site.
Our gardens and plant collections at the Grüental campus are open all year round from sunrise to sunset. We would like to invite you to discover and experience them for yourself.
The plant education courses are signposted from April to the end of July, and woody plants are signposted all year round.
Our cafeteria with its wonderful lake view terrace is open during the school hours from Monday to Friday.
You can easily reach the Grüental Campus by public transport. The journey with the local bus takes 5-10 minutes and is connected to the train schedule. From the Wädenswil train station, take local bus no. 123 or 126 to the Campus Grüental stop. If you are travelling by car, there is a limited number of paid parking spaces available on the Grüental Campus (map (PDF 1,3 MB)).
Would you like to have your botany knowledge officially certified? Then we recommend the Swiss Botanical Society's field botany certificates. With the support of InfoFlora, three different levels of certificates are on offer:
- Certificate 200 "Bellis"
- Certificate 400 "Iris"
- Certificate 600 "Dryas"
The corresponding species lists and regulations can be found on the of InfoFlora website, which is the national data and information centre for Swiss flora. A 200 and 400 certificate species list which has been adapted for the Zurich area is available on the ETH-Professor Matthias Baltisberger's website. Our plant learning courses are based on the Zurich lists, and therefore some species differ from the Swiss certificate lists.
The examinations for the 200 "Bellis" and 400 "Iris" certificate are carried out by various universities all over Switzerland.
Are you interested in comprehensive further training in field botany or in vegetation analysis? Then our advanced training course "Feldbot+" or the certificate course "CAS Vegetation Analysis and Field Botany" could be something for you.
To improve your botany and species knowledge in self-study, you can find a variety of learning apps, informative websites and recommended literature below.