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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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  • We stayed near this garden, so we could start our city tour from here. It's a quite big botanical garden, with many trees and interesting benches where you can have a rest. If your route goes near her...  more »
  • Going to Universytet Metro M1 line one can get out and go straight into the Botanical Garden. Its an oasis of calm and about 3 or 4 groups of 10 people were doing YOGA. Several were just enjoying the ...  more »
  • The Hrishko Botanical garden at the Vydubychi Monastery is a magnitude more interesting than this one. This is in essence just another city park. A nice stroll nevertheless, but it needs some love fro...  more »
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  • It's calm place in the city centre. There are many interesting and rare plants, great collection of magnolias stay apart. The best time to visit is the end of April - May, but in summer you can hide from hot sun here, in Fall everything is beautifully yellow-orange-red. Note that there are no kiosks with food/coffee. But you can buy plants here .
  • Good for meeting with friends for informal chat, coffee in park, simple peaceful staring in the sky. Nice trees and flowers during the spring/summer.
  • Very big garden-park. You cannot go through all the territory in one day. You can find some benches and cafes as well as completely uncrowded places even forest. The view on the Dnipro river and the left bank is majestic. The perfect place to spend the whole weekend woth family, or beloved ones.
  • Calm and quite place in the very center of the city. Though can be crowded
  • Quiet beautiful place. At night only few people here.