The last week the Hungarian capital was the main botanical city in Europe, because Budapest was hosted the 3rd Conference of Eastern and Central European Botanic Gardens from 9 to 11 October 2017. Unfortunately, I don’t have detailed information about the event and its fruitful work; however I would like to share my impressions from visits to the Eötvös Loránd University Botanic Garden and the Buda Arboretum of Szent István University in the end of July 2017.
First of all Budapest is well-known by its history and architecture. The city is a tourist center of Central Europe. But any botanist will be able to find many interesting here for him / herself too. Because I have been during a weekend in the capital of Hungary, I didn’t even try to visit any herbariums. But botanical gardens and arboreta were open, and I visited two from them.
My day started with excursion around the Eötvös Loránd University Botanic Garden which is the oldest botanical garden in Hungary. It was founded at 1771. But it was moved to its present premises more than 150 years ago and in 1960 it became a national nature reserve. The botanical garden isn’t so big, its square is about 8 hectares among them 2000 square meters are covered by greenhouses. However, collection of the garden is so rich, it counts about 8500 taxa.
I saw a lot of interesting plants here, but I was special glad to enjoy collections of Lagerstroemia L. and Hibiscus L. That’s because the second part of summer always is enough poor of blooming trees and shrubs in temperate zone. So, it was big happy for me to watch such many flowers in this time.
Also I liked collection of water plants both open ground and greenhouses. Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn. and Victoria amazonica Sowerby were so wonderful! 🙂
It was seemed that carnivorous plants is the one of main collections in greenhouses, but representativity of orchids is high too.
Separately, I would like to say about rock gardens with native plants. These collections created according to geographic principle. I met there a lot of rare and endangered plants, unfortunately, majority of them finished blooming to my visit.
Besides, I noted that much collections and plants had labels. And majority of them are new and enough informative.
Of course, any photo reports can’t be better than real visits to such amazing places. Therefore I advise you to include the Eötvös Loránd University Botanic Garden in your list of “must see” places in Budapest. For more interest, you will find a few pictures with general views of the botanical garden below.
Finally, I would like to thank my colleague and the Curator of the Eötvös Loránd University Botanic Garden, László Papp, because due to his advices I had wonderful and very effective time in the capital of Hungary. Thank you very much, László! 🙂
In the second part of my photo report about botanical Budapest I will told about the Buda Arboretum of Szent István University.