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A.V. Fomin Botanical Garden, Kiev
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The A.V. Fomin Botanical Garden is one of the oldest botanical gardens in Ukraine, located in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. In 1839 the Kiev Taras Shevchenko University opened its own botanical garden. The botanical garden is 22.5 hectares (0.225 km²), with 8,000 plant species, including 143 recorded in the Ukraine's Red Book of Rare Species. The Garden is famous for its exotic plants: it has the biggest collection of succulents among the countries of the former Soviet Union. The greenhouse, which was built for the largest and the oldest palm trees in Northern Eurasia, is among the highest in the world. In 1935 the garden was named after the academician and botanist Aleksandr Vasiljevich Fomin, who directed the garden for years. The vestibule of the Kiev Metro station Universytet, is located on the northern edge of the garden, which was opened in 1960.(Google Maps link).HistoryArchitect V.I. Beretti who as well known by his project of Kyiv University, was the first who raised issue of botanical garden establishment in 1834. He proposed to place the garden on the waste territory near the university buildings. For this purpose, from Kremenets Lyceum (Kiev) 513 plants were brought, that were temporarily placed in the Tsar (now City) garden. However, due to lack of funds the garden establishment was postponed for 5 years. Only in 1839 the Kiev school district administration gave permission for a temporary Botanical Garden start under the direction of Head of the Botany department of Kiev University Ernst Trautvetter, who then managed the Botanical Garden in the position of Director. The official date of the Kiev Botanical Garden establishment is 22 May 1839, when E. Trautfetter started the first plantings. In 1841 the garden received its permanent status. In 1850 design and layout of the garden were completed. By 1852 there were 25,416 trees and 419 species of shrubs, as well as more than 4,000 species of other plants in the garden.
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  • beautifull walk through these gardens on a warm saturday morning , enjoying the calm and listening to the birds. 
  • On the Internet you can find a map of flowering plants and understand what month you visit this object. Botanical Garden are quite large, is divided into entrance zone.
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  • Leave the middle of the two parks are Taras University he is one of the side-by-side. Let this way to see Vladimir Cathedral. This course is good for walking on the right size. The unusual thing about Park Central subway station says. Name University Station
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  • Nice park in the old city. Not sure about its 'botanical value', but it's good just to walk there. Also, there is kinderyard there.
  • Nice and large green zone in city centre. Place to enjoy nature without leaving the city
  • Awesome place to walk. But not at night. Too dangerous. Also do not suggest to walk there alone (even during a day).
  • Must visit place at any time of the year. Good for relaxation and picnics
  • Green park just in the downtown, awesome, quiet place. Clear and with beautiful observation spots.