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Eco Park
Eco Park
#About the First Ecological Park in Bulgaria

The Varna Botanical Gardens, or Eco Park, as they are called here, is the first ecological park in Bulgaria. It is a botanical garden with plenty of trees, plants, and flowers from all around the globe, represented in various ecosystems here.

Once called "University Botanical Garden," Eco Park offers a variety of plants from exotic locations all over the world, displayed in natural and artificial ecosystems, and hundreds of different species of shrubs, trees and flowers from the surrounding areas.

In the Varna Botanical Gardens visitors will enjoy a beautiful hour of greenery and vegetation from near and far, along with natural flowering and exotic botanical in all its glory. Among the flowers shown here is an impressive collection of different kinds of irises, and a striking rose garden.

Behind the gardens visitors can find a large horse farm. There is a sweet riding club for children, where horseback riding lessons are given. Horse-drawn carriages are also available, allowing for a stroll through the garden.


A View from Above:


The Horse Farm:

Orto Botanico di Brera
Orto Botanico di Brera
#The Botanical Garden in Milan

The Brera Botanical Garden in Milan (Orto Botanico di Brera), contains hundreds of plant species that together create impressive and beautiful botanical wealth. It is operated by the University of Milan and is open to the public free of charge most of the year.

Milan's botanical garden, with an area of ​​5,000 square meters, was built in 1774 when Milan was ruled by the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Empress Maria Theresa was very fond of botanical gardens and hence the garden was founded. The founder was Fulgenzio Vitman and the flower design of the period was attributed to Giuseppe Piermarini.

The garden offers a variety of rectangular flower beds, enclosed by a brick fence, with spectacular flowers of every shade and color. Spend some time in the large greenhouse, which is used by the Academy of Fine Arts and the ancient Iris and Waterpipe pool, which was created in the 18th century.

The Botanical Garden is currently operated by the University of Milan. Over the years, many medicinal herbs have been planted in it, which have grown and are now used by the medical and pharmacological departments of the university. The garden and its ancient architecture were restored in 1998 after being neglected for many years. Over the years, the observatory has also been established here.


Admission is free most of the year.

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Bucharest Botanical Garden
Bucharest Botanical Garden
#About the Bucharest Botanical Garden

In northwest Bucharest there is a huge botanical garden called Bucharest Botanical Garden. It is 17,000 kilometers square, with about 4 kilometers square of greenhouses. The Bucharest Botanical Garden opened in 1891, and has been a tourist attraction for many years, to take a relaxing break from the bustling city.

At the Botanical Garden you can see over 10,000 species of plants and flowers. While wandering around the different areas, try to get to the greenhouses. You can see rare plants from far away countries that can be grown only by controlling the climate in the greenhouse.

The plants in the greenhouses are divided by different climate needs and their origins. Notice the colors, textures, and shapes of the different plants. For lovers of plants, flowers, and beauty - the beauty here is endless!

At the center of the park there is a big botanical museum where about 5,000 plant species are displayed, there are about 1,000 exotic plants from around the world.

A Closer Look at the Garden:

Biblioteka Uniwersytet Warszawski
Warsaw University Library
#About the Library with the Unique Botanical Garden

Near the University of Warsaw is the University library (BUW, or Biblioteka Uniwersytet Warszawski), built in an impressive architectural building, whose walls are full of texts in all languages.

Books, however, are not what pull tourists into this library, but the big garden, rich and unique that lies above. This is not a library, nor a park, but a hybrid building, innovative and groundbreaking.

The library attracts many tourists, plant enthusiasts as well, who come to enjoy the beautiful roof with the botanical garden. The garden opened on June 2002, and is one of the largest roof gardens in Europe, having two different floors. The building and garden intertwine, in a harmonizing way, both from the inside and out, a combination of light and darkness and between restriction and freedom.

The big library (10,000 square meters) was built by the architectural duo Marek Budzynski and Zbigniew Badowski with the landscape architect Irena Bajerska, after winning a competition to design the building in 1993. They presented a whole new design concept, that fit the changing political, cultural and financial scene at the time, after being under Communist rule until 1989.

The whole building is covered in climbing plants, and is a great example of energy conservation and green building. The roof is open from Spring to Fall. From the roof you can see the view of the city landscape, and of passersby on the streets below.

There is an abundance of attractions that work well with the pretty building, like a stream, coy pond, fountains, bridges, seating areas, walking trails, greenery, granite sculpture and viewing areas.

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Botanical Gardens

Kadoorie Farm
Kadoorie Farm
#About Hong Kong's Botanical Gardens

The Botanic Garden in the Kadoorie Farm are Botanical Gardens and a green farm, located on the northern hillsides of Tai Mo Shan Mountain. This is the tallest mountain in Hong Kong and is located at the center of the New Territories.

Kadoorie Farm was established in 1950, with the purpose of giving support and assistance to the local poor farmers. It is located in a forest with a running river. The farm and Botanical Gardens around have education and preservation facilities. The purpose of studying here is raising awareness about human impact on nature and the interactions between man and his surroundings. The purpose is to change, improve, and strengthen preservation among visitors.


The entrance to the Botanical Gardens is free.

Donations are warmly welcomed.

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A Guide:

Real Jardin Botanico
Real Jardin Botanico
#About the Oldest Botanical Gardens in Europe

South of the Prado Museum, along the Prado promenade, there are Madrid's Botanical Gardens (Real Jardin Botanico). This is a place for plant and gardening enthusiasts, you will find many flowers here, plants and information. The park spreads between the Neptune Fountain and Atocha metro station.

The botanical gardens, considered the most ancient in Europe, were established in 1755 by King Ferdinand VI. It was a time when botany was a popular hobby, and very popular among European nobility. In 1781 the gardens were design and renovated by the architect Juan de Villanueva, and the botanist Gomez Ortega.

In the botanical gardens there are almost 100,000 plants, different bushes, including herbs, medicinal plants and water plants. There is also a great greenhouse with tropical vegetation that requires a controlled climate and quite a few pleasant corners, which will allow rest for visitors, between the beautiful vegetation and the special trees.

At the store at the entrance you can buy books about botanical gardens, dried plants, photos, and souvenirs.


Entrance to children under 10 years old is free.

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A Visit to the Madrid Botanical Gardens:

Bosco Verticale
Vertical Forest
#The Veritcal Forest Towers in Milan

The Vertical Forest (Bosco Verticale) Towers in Milan are examples of towers that arouse wonder, not because of their height or grandeur, but because they are the first in the world to restore the glory of the hanging gardens of Babylon. These are "living towers," in which tenants grow trees in the air, real trees.

There is a reason why the Vertical Forest Towers in Milan were chosen as the international top skyscrapers of 2014. The towers, designed by the Italian architect Stefano Boeri, were cited as a striking example of the integration and symbiosis between architecture and nature. For the towers that are over 100 meters high, there are over one thousand plant species. Gray water systems have been installed in them, which enable irrigation with shower water and are equipped with solar panels for electricity generation and water heating using solar energy. Thus, they created a microclimate environment that saves energy, contributes to the environment, rehabilitates the environment and enables the existence of a harmonious life of man and vegetation side by side.

Another environmental advantage in these towers is the acoustic coverage and reduction of noise pollution blocked by the trees and vegetation on the balconies of the apartments in this vertical forest. They also help reduce air and dust pollution in apartments, block the direct sunlight entering the apartments during the hot seasons, and reduce wind disturbance to the occupants' lives.

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Huntington Library
Huntington Library
#About the Library that is Not Really Just a Library

In 1903, Henry Huntington bought a large and active farm in San Marino. After his death it became the Huntington Library, a real institution in Los Angeles. This is a rare combination of a wonderful library, a charming art museum, a stunning furniture collection and great botanical gardens.

The library contains, among other things, a fascinating collection of ancient books, rare translations, manuscripts, special editions and antiques, which every book lover will enjoy seeing.

There are books from different periods - from the Middle Ages through 19th century literature. They are divided into three sections - astronomy books, physics books, and in a common hall - books of biology and medicine, some of them filled with charming illustrations, as was popular in the second half of the 20th century.

The museum features works by European artists from the 18th and 19th centuries and a plethora of American art from the 17th century to modern American art. There is also a scientific display of ideas that changed the world and more.

The furniture shown here is from the rich and diverse collection of furniture by Charles and Henry Green. Apart from the furniture you can see here, are chandeliers, lamps, carpets and more.

In the museum's famous botanical gardens you can enjoy a charming range of over 14,000 trees and a variety of wonderful plants and flowers and landscaped gardens. Pay particular attention to the desert garden, the Chinese Garden and the spectacular Japanese Garden. They cover an area of ​​120 acres. Apart from these gardens and the Zen garden, there are many landscaped gardens, including a Shakespearean garden, a rose garden, an Australian garden, an herb garden and even a miniature jungle with tiny bonsai trees.


On the first Thursday of every month the entrance is free, but tickets must be reserved in advance on the site below.

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A Stroll Through the Huntington Library Botanical Gardens:


Hortus Botanicus
Hortus Botanicus
#About the Garden

Amsterdam's botanical gardens are one of the oldest in the world. It was established in 1638 by the city council, with the purpose of growing medicine plants for pharmacists. The garden is one of the leading tourist attractions in the city, because it is a nice tropical corner in the city, with waterlilies, massive leaves, and a lot of greenery.

Starting in the 17th century the collection was enhanced by plants, brought by merchants from the Dutch East Indies Company. There are over 6,000 trees and plants, some of the varieties are even in danger of extinction.

In 1987 The University of Amsterdam stopped funding the gardens, and the gardens went through financial trouble. It was finally rescued thanks to private donations, but to maintain the garden to its highest standards, the city of Amsterdam assisted as well. There are two venues to hold events in, and can be rented out.

In the garden you will see the "Palm House." It was built in 1912, and contains a collection of cycads (a series of seedless vascular plants). You can also see the new greenhouse, built in 1993. This greenhouse has three different areas of climates. It contains a few benches spread out around the building, where you can take a short break.

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Jardin des Plantes
#About the French Botanical Garden

The central French botanical garden will provide you a relaxed atmosphere and an important learning experience. This is mainly because it is part of the country's national nature museum. The gardens were planted in 1626 by Guy de La Brosse, who was King Louis XIII's physician. The primary purpose of the gardens was to grow medicinal plants. They were called the "King's Gardens" at that time. They were opened to the general public in 1640.

The stunning garden is decorated in a classic French style. It has elements of straight lines, precise gardening and exemplary order.

The botanical garden area is 280,000 square meters, with about 4,500 plants arranged by species, covering an area of ​​10,000 square meters. 30,000 square meters of gardens are dedicated to formal French gardens.

Entrance to the gardens is free, but if you want to visit the museum you will have to pay.

#What About the Garden and Museum of Natural History?

The botanical garden is divided into plant beds with thousands of species; tropical species, roses, irises and a large botanical garden. You will also find plants growing on high plains, tropical plants and medicinal plants. A particularly enjoyable experience is to rotate through a convoluted maze, and in the center a building. If you climb this building, you will be impressed by the view of the garden surrounding the maze.

At the edge of the park you will find the Natural History Museum where you can see realistic models of animal species. On the eastern side of the park is a small zoo, the oldest in the world, where you will find rare animals.

More in the garden - a greenhouse for plants from Mexico and another greenhouse for plants from Australia and a rose garden. There is also a botany school, which operates programs for the conservation and exchange of seeds with other botanical gardens in the world.

In the gardens are four wings belonging to the Natural History Museum, including the Great Gallery of Evolution, the Museum of Minerals, the Paleontology Museum and the Museum of Entomology.

A Closer Look at the Botanical Gardens:

VanDusen Botanical Garden
#About the Wonderful Botanical Garden in Vancouver

At the center of the city of Vancouver, on land that belonged to the railroad company, and later was used as a golf course, is today the VanDusen Botanical Garden. These are spectacular botanical gardens, with rich greenery that is varied and exotic. There are over 250,000 plants here, with more than 7,000 varieties of plants and trees, some are rare, and are from all over the world.

The area of the gardens are 223,000 square meters. They were established in 1975. On land from the Canadian railroad company that was supposed to build large residential towers. After a protest by the residents of the area, and with generous donations by one of them, W. J. VanDusen, the railroad company changed its purpose and created the botanical gardens.

The VanDusen Botanical Gardens has combined over 8,000 species of plants, that were collected from many countries. There are 65 types of birds, and many lovely pools and marble statues. Each summer there are roses that bloom here, and in autumn the gardens are colored in a reddish-orange color, during spring Alpine roses bloom and thousands of daffodils

The variety of plants here is truly wonderful. There are many surprises from all corners of the world. You can see over 24 species of maples, huge Sequoia trees from Northern California, delicate lichens that were collected and today grow here, and flowers from the area of the Himalayas.

Another attraction not to be missed is the maze in the Elizabethan style. You can see more mazes around North America, but good luck getting out of them.


In the gardens you can walk around on your own or with a guide, free of charge.

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Botanical Gardens of Berlin
#About Berlin’s Green Gardens

The Botanical Gardens of Berlin is large in size, green and full of colors. It reaches up to 430 hectares, and contains about 22,000 different plants. It is considered one of the largest and most well-known gardens in the world. The big grassy lawns, the colorful flower beds, the waterfalls and the plants that surround them - all this makes anyone understand exactly why these gardens are considered one of the world's leading ones.

Here you will find a variety of about 22,000 different plants - from small grasses to giant bamboos. The garden is divided according to areas and walking along its paths one can be move between the Far East, to Europe, and to the Middle East.

In the open areas of the garden tourists will see a huge rose garden filled with a variety of species: from large lily burgundy roses to small roses in a variety of colors. Trees are also abundant here, including conifers.

#What There to See at the Botanical Gardens

In the botanical gardens you will see several greenhouses with tropical vegetation, where there are orchids and fern rock, climbing plants, banana trees, trees with heavy fruits, and a variety of interesting and tropical plants. In one of the greenhouses, one of the largest in the world, you will see a large glass house.

Near the tropical forest greenhouse, you can see and visit the driest pavilion (unlike the humid greenhouse) - the cactus house. Here you can observe different species of cacti growing in different deserts around the world like America and Australia. The shapes, colors and lengths are interesting and worth seeing.

Next to the botanical garden, is a huge garden has been planted for touching and sniffing, made for people with visual impairments. Something else located in the gardens is a botanical museum, specializing in the morphological structures of plants and seeds.

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Natura Artis Magistra
#About the Zoo

The Artis Zoo, is among the most impressive in Europe, it hosts more than 6,000 different animals. It is located in the center of Amsterdam, and is a favorite tourist attraction. This is the oldest zoo in Holland, and was established in 1838 by Gerardus Frederik Westerman, and has been continuously running since then. The zoo is indoors, and therefore it is a perfect attraction on a rainy or winter day.

Due to its historical significance, the zoo looks and feels as it did back in the 19th century. This is also why the zoo is so small and compact when compared to more modern zoos with vast areas that we know today.

At the zoo entrance you will see to golden eagle statue that will warmly greet you. As you walk around the zoo, you will see many other statues.

The name of the museum, Artis, is a shortcut for the museum's name - Natura Artis Magistra. This translates to - nature is the guide for art. Which is true. The zoo educates and teaches with its botanical gardens, exciting tropical plants, geology museum, and planitarium.

#What Can Be Seen at the Zoo?

In the Amsterdam Zoo there are about 700 species of animals, including reptiles, birds, fish and mammals. Look here at the impressive family of cats - including tigers, panthers and lions. The birds also take a significant part in the festive and colorful atmosphere of the garden.

Take note of the impressive monkey rock, a huge rock of small Japanese macaque monkeys that draw attention because of the games and tricks they perform.

The zoo has a planetarium that screens the night sky to vistors, and shows the interesting movements. This is how parents and children are able to go on an andventure together. The zoo has two additional museums: geological and zoological, and a greenhouse with 45 types of butterflies.

In the zoological garden is a botanical garden with Dutch trees and plants, as well as those from around the world. The zoological gardens also have buildings and greenhouses that display plants from tropical areas that need heat to survive, and not to the cool climate of Amsterdam. Exhibitions presented at the Zoological Museum describes the relationship between humans and the natural world and the influence of man on nature. You can also see skeletons of animals, photographs and illustrations.

In the geological museum you can see gemstones crystals and fossils. In addition, the evolution of life on Earth and dinosaur fossils.

The Amsterdam Zoo has an aquarium, that was built on swampy and difficult ground. Because of the complex construction, 1,740 wooden pillars were needed, to build the aquarium. In 1888, with the construction coming towards an end, the tank was filled with a million liters of salt waters, and was opened to the public two years later.

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UBC Botanical Gardens
#About Vancouver's Botanical Gardens

The UBC Botanical Gardens is a wonderful garden belonging to the University of British Columbia, UBC. It is located on the southern end of the campus, and is very nice.

In the Botanical Gardens in front of you, you can see over 7,000 species from around the world. There is an Alpine garden, Asian garden, fauna garden, winter garden, and a medicinal garden, and even a rain forest.

This is the University's Botanical Gardens, the oldest in Canada. It opened in 1916 by the first botanist of the university, John Davidson. Its original purpose was for research for British Columbia's flowers, however today it displays flowers from around the world, and is used as a place for research, education, preservation, and presenting plants from around the world.

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Botanical Garden of Barcelona
#About the Botanical Garden on Montjuïc Hill

The Botanical Garden of Barcelona (Nou Jardi Botanic de Barcelona) on Montjuïc Hill is a garden where you can see plants and trees planted according to their country of origin. At the entrance you will receive a map that divides the park into areas in the world, and in each area different greenery is planted according to their origin.

The wide walking paths will make for a great touring trail, and the signs will help you find your way between the different paths - longer and shorter ones. The perfect place to relax and take a break from the urban city of Barcelona, and enjoy the quiet and great atmosphere.

Renovations at the Botanical Garden of Barcelona took place in 1999, the reasons for the renovations were damages that occurred to the park in 1988, when ways were being built for the Olympic facilities, towards the Olympics in Barcelona, that cut down on the park's size drastically, with the building of the Olympic Stadium.

The entrance to the botanical gardens are decently priced, and students have a discount as well.

A Closer Look at the Botanical Garden of Barcelona

Minter Gardens
#About the Wonderful Gardens on Mount Chime

Minter Gardens are spectacularly beautiful gardens with a different look each season and span a wide area, outside the city of Vancouver.

In the Minter Gardens there are 11 gardens, including Chinese gardens, fragrant and colorful flower gardens, thousands of tulips, colorful rose gardens, fern gardens and more.

One of the favorite attractions in these gardens is the statues of large bushes and flowers. Among the sculptured figures and shapes here you can see men and women in a variety of situations, a peacock, a Canadian flag and an amusing flower maze. Within the water-soothing gardens there are also rustling waterfalls and more.

These gardens are about 130 km from the city of Vancouver, near Chilliwack and near the Fraser River Valley. There are a few wonderful gardens in Vancouver itself, but visiting these beautiful gardens and the wonderful way to them, on one of the roads leading to the Canadian Rocky Mountains, is a trip worth making.

The colorful blossoms and spectacular design of the gardens contribute to the view of the place, and this is a lovely corner for those who love nature and flowers and a must-see place for photography enthusiasts.

Sitting on Chime Mountain:


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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden
#About the First Classic Chinese Garden not in China

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden in Vancouver is named after the founder of modern China, and is a traditional Chinese garden. It was established in 1986 for the Expo 1986 that took place in the city. This was the first Chinese garden in the world, built in such a fine and invested way, that was outside of China.

The first Chinese garden built outside of China was built by 53 Chinese specialists, that were brought especially for the construction. They used traditional and ancient Chinese techniques, with no screws or modern tools, all carefully hand-made.

The result is not considered any less perfect. The large garden is full of plants, waterfalls, rocks, pools of water, and a few buildings in a style typical of the far east. All these together create an impressive and authentic look of landscaped gardens in the classical Chinese style.

The construction of the park cost $5.3 million. Next to it is a park with free entrance. This garden beautifully compliments the classical garden. There are no buildings, and the plants flourish. The entrance to the garden is through a gate located at the cultural center, near the station of Dr. Sun Yat-sen. Inside you will find lakes with a pastoral atmosphere.


Entrance to the park is free. Entrance to the Chinese garden is with a fee.

A visit to the garden is available only through guided tours.

Days and hours for the tours are as follows:

10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm, and 4:30 pm.

10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm, and 5:30 pm.

10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm, and 4:30 pm.

10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:00 pm.

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Keukenhof Gardens
#The World's lLargest Flower Garden

The Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands is one of the world's largest flower gardens. It is located near the Dutch city of Lisse, a half hour drive from Amsterdam.

With a mind boggling 320 thousand square meters, and over 7 million flower bulbs planted eachyear, this is one of the largest and most beautiful gardens on earth. Of course, the kings of the gardens are the famous tulips, which are featured in a large variety of species.

But the Keukenhof Gardens are open to visitors only eight weeks a year, in the spring. So plan accordingly!


Mid-March to mid-May is the time to visit the gardens.

Not the Season? Check out the Gardens in Full Bloom:


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