National Botanical Garden
Timiriazeva St. 1
Price: 10 uah.
Working hours: May to August from 8.30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; September to April from 8 a.m. till dark
Kyiv is rightly considered one of the greenest cities in the Old World. Located in the city line, National Botanical garden serves as a vivid evidence of this. It is reckoned among the largest botanical gardens in Europe, judging by its territory's size and plants' variety. Striking with its amazing landscapes, juicy colors and riot of fragrances, it is the true oasis of beauty and harmony for Kyiv locals and guests.
Opened in 1964, the Kyiv National Botanical Garden is now in the nature reserve fund of Ukraine and is under steadfast protection, and its lands are the monument of natural and historical and cultural importance. Garden's collection is truly impressive: over 11 thousand kinds of flowers and plants grow on the territory of more than 130 hectares.
The first breathtaking thing is very beautiful landscape and botanical spots that reflect flora of different corners of Ukraine and other countries. Unique floristic complexes are created here: "Forests of Ukrainian plains ", "Ukrainian Carpathians", "Steppe of Ukraine", "Crimea", "Central Asia", "Altai and Western Siberia," "Far East."
The spring starts in the National Botanical Garden in April, when magnificent magnolias blossom in its most protected corner. Thousands of Kyiv locals and guests come here to witness this beautiful sight. However, the botanical garden attracts the greatest number of visitors in May - in the period of lilac blossoming. The almost 2,5 hectares large lilac garden, having 21 out of 28 known lilac kinds, is the pride not only of National Botanical Garden, but of the whole capital. Guests also like the lilac garden, for it commands wonderful views of the Kyiv's left bank and the Vydubychi Monastery.
If you wish to enjoy blossoming of lilies and phloxes, you should visit the botanical garden in July. At the same time, you'll be able to see how dahlias, cannas and gladioluses break into bloom. And the unique rosaries, founded in the National Botanical Garden after the War, delight with the riot of color and peculiar interweaving of aromas all the summer long.
Being in the botanical garden, you should definitely visit the Greenhouse complex, which presents exotic tropical and subtropical plants: amazing azaleas and camellias, as well as pineapples, limes and myrtles, for which tropical climate is specially created and maintained. However, the true miracle happens in the greenhouse in fall, when tropical orchids (about 650 species) start to flower in mass. These plants have always been known for exquisite hues and unique fragrance.
Getting here. From the subway station 'Druzhby Narodov' walk along the namesake boulevard, then go up the Bastionnaya Street. Or from the subway station 'Vokzalnaya' take the trolleybus №14 to the terminal stop 'Botanichesky sad.'