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National Botanical Garden named after Mykola Hryshka

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The blooming heart of Ukraine, which combines a variety of plants from all botanical and geographical regions of the world.
The Botanical Garden named after Mykola Hryshka is called the lungs of Kyiv, which stretches over 130 hectares in its very center — on the historic hills of Pechersk, where an incredible panorama of the city opens.
The collection of the botanic garden includes about 12,000 species, varieties, forms and varieties of plants, making it the largest garden in Ukraine.
Lilac and magnolia are the hallmark of Mykola Hryshka's botanical garden.
Magnolia flowers are among the first to bloom in the botanic garden. This is a highly anticipated spring event for all guests of the garden. They begin to bloom at the end of April and delight visitors with their beauty and fragrance throughout the month of May.
The lilac bloom takes over from the magnolia in mid-May and continues the spring marathon until early June. ~1,500 lilac bushes bloom at the same time and give unforgettable impressions. The collection is represented by 21 species out of 28 that exist in nature and were imported from France, Germany, America and Central Asia.
On the threshold of summer, the NBS rosary is blooming — the largest rose garden in Ukraine. Until October itself, it delights not only with a large number of species and varieties, but also with an original location, which makes it a real Eden for photographers. The aroma of a rose is one of the strongest antidepressants in the world, so it will help you get rid of stress.
About 60 species of rhododendrons, during flowering in May, take over emotions and beauty. Interestingly, these delicate and fragile flowers contain poisonous nectar. Even in ancient times, historians and writers described in their works the sweet poison with which the inhabitants of captured cities treated the enemy army. Fortunately, no one treats you with poisonous honey at the Grishka botanic garden, but only offers to admire the rhododendrons, which are adored, cared for and nurtured here.
The spicy aroma of the peony deservedly makes it the queen of the summer garden, and with the arrival of autumn, asters, dahlias and chrysanthemums receive this status for their bright colors.
The greenhouse complex gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the flora of Southeast Asia, South and Central America, Africa and Australia and see palm trees, ficuses, orchids, azaleas, camellias, cacti, aloes, agaves and other succulents in a matter of seconds. Some cacti are over 100 years old.
The greenhouse at the Hryshka botanic garden is a place of simultaneous flowering of almost 20 orchids throughout the year, the peak of which falls in October and November. A total of 80 species of orchids have settled in the greenhouse. Orchids from the collection of the botanical garden visited space aboard the Salyut-6 orbital station in 1980.
The lush flowering of azaleas from January to March brings a breath of spring in the midst of winter cold and fills with joy. It is interesting that in Eastern countries, a blooming azalea bush is a symbol of joy and peace. The collection of azaleas of the Grishka Botanical Garden ranks second in Europe in terms of the number of representatives.
More than 50 years is the age of many tropical fruit-bearing plants, including: lemon, tangerine, orange, citron, feijoa, mango, fig, persimmon, pomegranate.
Autumn is a second spring, when each leaf is like a separate flower. The trees are dressed in golden and crimson clothes. Everything is overflowing with various colors, nature leaves its yellow and red kisses on every branch. It is at this time that dozens of varieties of chrysanthemums, asters and dahlias bloom, captivating with their palette of colors.
The garden of thorny plants in Mykola Hryshka's botanic garden is a favorite place for wedding photo sessions.
In the middle of the magical fir trees, you can feed the squirrels, which are already used to people here and jump almost to your hands.
The highest hills of "Camel Mountains" reveal all the majesty of the botanical garden, a place where you can let go of all thoughts and enjoy the surrounding views.
Landscape panoramic views, which can be observed from the territory of the boat garden, is a special love. They are beautiful, regardless of the season, and always inspire everyone.
One of the best panoramas of the Patona Bridge, which connects the right and left banks of Kyiv, opens from the Red Yard gazebo. And a little further downstream, Vydubytskyi Lake spread out with moorings for boats.
In the botanical garden named after Mykola Hryshka, you can see "Ginkgo biloba" - a type of tree that is considered one of the oldest in the world. The genus Ginkgo was widespread in the northern hemisphere during the Jurassic period 170 million years ago.