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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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  • Beautiful park, especially in spring and summer. Good place for a picnic and for fresh air. Take your dog for a walk. There is a small play area for young children.  more »
  • How many live in Kiev as here shatajus'. It is very sweet, romantic, albeit slightly abandoned the place. The bot itself is not a large garden and turn it can mines for 10-15, but if you go with the mood unhurried, enjoy nature, tranquillity or socializing-he fits. Positive:-cozy and there are benches with musorkami; location up in the hills very inspiring at hot'bu and study areas; -free entrance and lack of formalities; -in the period of flowering, you can find very beautiful trees and shrubs. Negative (relatively):-human desolation. Personally for me it's a plus, because I love the naturalness, but someone, for grass borders infuriates; -small area. Sometimes you want to get lost, and particularly nowhere; -entrance to the cognitive and the most interesting part of the garden is closed most of the time, upsetting. Actually, that's all. Personally, I love this place for being in the midst of this at times very dergannogo city here you can retire.
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  • Garden Fomina not so handsome and well-groomed as botsad Grishka, but entry here free (tickets are required only in greenhouses), the garden a little untidy, shows he lacks the sensitive hands, but walk in warm or hot weather in the shade of its trees-tempting and very nice. The park benches, enough so that you can relax in the jetakom oasis in the heart of the bustling capital
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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.