At the site of today’s garden lake, there was originally a tropical greenhouse with an indoor pond which, in 1924, housed the first Victoria amazonica (a tropical water lily with gigantic leaves) to be grown in the faculty garden. On the coloured slide below, you can see the facade of the first natural greenhouse, which was built using hotbed windows. The greenhouse was built by the gardeners themselves under the leadership of František Jirásek. Several steps led down from the entrance in the middle of the building to the greenhouse floor, which was mainly underground with windows set at ground level. Behind the entrance, towards Kotlářská Street, there was another greenhouse just for the Victoria amazonica, and this became a great attraction for citizens from all over Brno and its surroundings. These stood here until 1931, after which new greenhouses were built elsewhere.
At the site of today’s garden lake, there was originally a tropical greenhouse with an indoor pond.
Photo: MU Archive, undated.