Seleger Moor - Enchanting Man-made Landscape

 

Seleger Moor Park consists of 120,000 m2 of beautiful moorland situated in Rifferswil south of Zürich in Switzerland.

The natural moorland, created thousands of years ago when the Reuss and Linth glaciers merged and deposited moraine, was turned into today’s beautiful landscape by Robert Seleger.

Seleger was the project leader of the 1953 Zürich Spring Flower Show, and in his search for plants and trees for the project, he discovered that the moorland soil was exactly the same as in areas of Germany and Holland where rhododendrons are cultivated. That year he acquired a small area of the moorland and planted his first rhododendrons.
After a harsh winter in 1956, which killed most of his plants, Seleger set off in search of hardier species from higher altitudes, discovering them in various parts of the world.

Ten years later Robert Seleger had created the landscape which can be enjoyed today. With the addition of streams and ponds, water lilies and other aquatic plants were introduced. There is now a peony garden and a fern collection to enjoy as well. During May, the main flowering season, Seleger Moor is transformed into a remarkable kaleidoscope of colour. With its level paths and wheelchair access, Seleger Moor can be enjoyed by all.

Since Seleger’s day, Park Seleger Moor has been developed as a family attraction, with a pub and family barbecue area. Themed adventure days with expert guides are held, and tours of one of Switzerland’s largest collections of azaleas and rhododendrons can be arranged.
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 dramatic broad leaves of bog plants with flowering spathes spectacular bronze-purple foliage of almost prehistoric character  the endless variety of forms of leaf is displayed in this quiet clearing  bold red petals make this a most striking rhododendron flower 
towering silver birch takes pride of place in this lily pond this flowering rhododendron is displayed against a backdrop of forest trees  yellow-hued frog is strikingly captured amongst wine-coloured lily pads  seleger-moor-v802.jpg (301836 Byte)
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moorland Fluffy baby duckling shelters amongst the sunlit pond-side vegetation  nature water
Bright yellow spathes of this bog plant illuminate the pond margin  nature white narcissus with cheerful red-tinged trumpets nod in the gentle breeze and spring sunshine  moor flowers
nature Sunlit paper-like purple petals seen in close-up highlighting striking individual stamens  vegetation Fat bud housing a soon-to-be-revealed rhododendron flower 
marsh plants  Red and white rhododendron bushes line a flagged path  flower 
White rhododendron flower with red spotted throat  vegetation  water   
Inviting path wanders between flowering rhododendron  A grove of flowering bushes in shades of red orange and yellow  swamp water lily
Yellow sign warning to beware of the ducks crossing the path  Upright fern leaves in full sun  Delicate white blooms emerge in the spring sunshine  Delicate pale-blue flowers stand out against finely-cut green foliage 
Rhododendron bushes beside path  swamp Close-up study of bright yellow rhododendron flowers  An inviting path through the blossoming rhododendrons 
flowers Close study of purple rhododendron bloom  Bog plant with striking yellow spathes 
brown Backlit white bloom showing striking red stamens with black tips  nature plants