National Botanical Garden of Georgia, Tbilisi

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The National Botanical Garden of Georgia (Georgian: საქართველოს ეროვნული ბოტანიკური ბაღი), formerly the Tbilisi Botanical Garden (Georgian: თბილისის ბოტანიკური ბაღი), is located in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, and lies in the Tsavkisis-Tskali Gorge on the southern foothills of the Sololaki Range (a spur of the Trialeti Range). It occupies an area of 161 hectares and possesses a collection of over 4,500 taxonomic groups.

Its history spans more than three centuries. It was first described in 1671 by the French traveller Jean Chardin as royal gardens which might have been founded at least in 1625 and were variably referred to as "fortress gardens" or "Seidabad gardens" later in history. The gardens appear in the records by Joseph Pitton de Tournefort (1701) and on the Tbilisi, map composed by Prince Vakhushti (1735). Pillaged in the Persian invasion of 1795, the garden was revived in the early 19th century and officially established as the Tiflis Botanical Garden in 1845.

From 1888 on, when a floristics center was set up, Yuri Voronov and several other notable scholars have worked for the Garden. Between 1896 and 1904, the Garden was expanded further westward. Between 1932 and 1958, the territory around the former Muslim cemetery was included in the botanical garden. Several graves have survived, however, including that of the prominent Azerbaijani writer Mirza Fatali Akhundov (1812-1878). The central entrance to the Garden is located at the foothills of the Narikala Fortress. The other, cut through the rock as a long tunnel in 1909–14, had been functional until the mid-2000s when the tunnel was converted into Georgia's largest nightclub "Gvirabi".
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  • We came to the spectacular botanical gardens of Tbilisi only by chance. When we got off the omega cable car that dropped us off from the "Georgia Mother" park, on...  more »
  • The botanical gardens are located in the heart of the Old Town next to the Narikala fortress and the Mother of Georgia monument. If you are interested, you can zip line from the Mother of Georgia...  more »
  • There is a very steep hill to get to the entrance. We were there in February so did not expect beautiful flowers and colour but we really enjoyed walking around. There are signposts showing which way to go. Some of the areas were closed due to redevelopment but there were plenty of paths to walk and views to admire. Afterwards went on the cable car. Wow!
  • I would never expect a botanical garden to be one of the highlights in a city with so many attractions. Actually, is more like a forest with a river crossing it and a real 30m waterfall inside. You can find many kind of trees and flowers of Europe, Asia and America. I needed almost 3 hours to walk all of it. Ideal if you need to take a break from Tbilisi's amazing but noisy streets.

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