I don’t know “why?”, but I started publishing of my stories in the pages of the Global Botanical Portal without mentions about a place of my current job – O.V. Fomin Botanical Garden of the Taras Schevchenko National University of Kyiv. Though it is an amazing place in Kyiv’s downtown, especially during spring. So, I have decided to change the situation, and to share some information and pictures from the flower oasis in the heart of megapolis.
The Botanical Garden was founded in 1839, its area is 22.5 hectares. It is divided on two approximately equal parts: scientific one and park. The scientific part is closed for free visiting, you can visit it only during excursions. The park is always open.
The Botanical Garden has rich history. Here worked a lot of famous scientists who made many important scientific discoveries. Probably the most famous from them are description of double fertilization as well as chromosome satellites by Professor Sergei Navashin. However, according with my opinion, even famous people are only pleasant addition to objects of living nature in any botanical garden. So, I would like to show our some collections below, which are magical magnet for local people and guests of the Ukrainian capital.
Our collections count about 10000 taxa, but the most known from them are collection of tropical and subtropical plants (especially succulents and water plants), rare plants of Ukrainian natural flora, genera: Rhododendron, Magnolia, Cotoneaster etc. Experts say that some of them are the biggest in Ukraine, the former of the USSR and East Europe.
Our collection of tropical and subtropical plants has received the status of National Heritage. That’s because the Botanical Garden has enough rich diversity of plants in greenhouses with big numbers of old plants. Our pride is 250-years-old palm, Livistona australis (R.Br.) Mart., which was planted here in age about 70 years.
Collection of rare plants of natural flora of Ukraine has always special attention. There are more that 140 species, it is about 20% vascular plants from the Red Data Book of Ukraine.
If you will want to visit our Botanical Garden, please contact with me or use contact data from the official website. Also scientists from all regions of the World could come to us for participating in the 8th Planta Europa Conference which will be held in May 2017.
Welcome to O.V. Fomin Botanical Garden!