National Botanical Garden of Tbilisi city, Tbilisi

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The National Botanical Garden of Georgia, formerly the Tbilisi Botanical Garden, is located in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, and lie in the Tsavkisis-Tskali Gorge on the southern foothills of the Sololaki Range . It occupies the area of 161 hectares and possesses a collection of over 4,500 taxonomic groups.Its history spans more than three centuries. It was first described, in 1671, by the French traveler Jean Chardin as royal gardens which might have been founded at least in 1625 and were variably referred to as "fortress gardens" or "Seidabad gardens" later in history. The gardens appear in the records by Joseph Pitton de Tournefort and on the Tbilisi map composed by Prince Vakhushti . Pillaged in the Persian invasion of 1795, the garden was revived in the early 19th century and officially established as the Tiflis Botanical Garden in 1845.From 1888 on, when a floristics center was set up, Yuri Voronov and several other notable scholars have worked for the Garden. Between 1896 and 1904, the Garden was expanded further westward. Between 1932 and 1958, the territory around the former Muslim cemetery was included in the botanical garden. Several graves have survived, however, including that of the prominent Azerbaijanian writer Mirza Fatali Akhundov . The central entrance to the Garden is located at the foothills of the Narikala Fortress. The other, cut through the rock as a long tunnel in 1909-14, had been functional until the mid-2000s when the tunnel was converted into Georgia’s largest nightclub "Gvirabi".
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  • I did not reach to the garden, but after a cable car ride to the mountain, we had a fascinating view to the botanical garden. Stairs also there for those who are willing to get in there. In the night,...  more »
  • For 2 lari access to the Botanical Garden. Actually it's more of a kind of park where you can walk. The waterfall is the highlight where your beautiful photos. The Japanese garden is cool but very small!! The Café has a terrace where you can sit in the Sun but radiates not really some fun.
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  • The small playing area, the variety of trees / flowers / plants, the opportunity to collect conifer cones, the wire sounding frogs, all made this a very needed break for the kids.  more »
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  • I love the place. It is very big and and nice. We took a walk all around it with longest path.
  • I really liked the park and i am not saying, that i didn’t like the other places, so nope. it’s not like that, every place that is there in Tbilisi, it just looks soo great. and yes about the Mtatsminda Park, there were so many things which were interesting, and about the wheel, it was just great that you could see tbilisi from top, at least as far as i could go, maybe…
  • Great park with lots of evergreen trees; as for the rest of vegetation - visited this garden in March, when only few flowers/ trees were blossoming, so, was not impressed by the plants - yet, it was well worth the time spent and there's a lot to see in addition to greenery - river, waterfall, cute bridge with a long history. As of Mar., 2017, admission fee was only 2 gel (+1 gel , if you want to visit orangery).
  • nice and cheap (2 gel per person) place for walk and relax
  • Beautiful place. Dont miss the choir of frogs))