Batumi Botanical Garden
The Batumi Botanical Garden (Georgian: ბათუმის ბოტანიკური ბაღი) is a 111 hectare area of land 9 km north of the city of Batumi, capital of Autonomous Republic of Adjara, Georgia. Located at the place called Mtsvane Kontskhi ("The Green Cape") on the Black Sea shore, it is one of the largest botanical gardens in the former Soviet Union.
The Batumi Botanical Garden was started by the Russian botanist Andrey Nikolayevich Krasnov (1862-1914), brother of General Pyotr Krasnov, in the 1880s and officially opened on November 3, 1912. He was aided by two skilled gardeners and decorators – the French D’Alphonse and the Georgian Yason Gordeziani. Krasnov died in 1914 and was interred at the garden which still houses his grave and statue.
Currently, the garden consists of nine floristic sectors, those of Caucasian humid subtropics, East Asia, New Zealand, South America, the Himalayas, Mexico, Australia, and of the Mediterranean. The garden collection comprises 2037 taxonomic units of ligneous plants, including 104 of Caucasian origin.
The Batumi Botanical Garden had formerly been operated by the Georgian Academy of Sciences. Since 2006, it is an independent institution.
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- (Russian) Батумский ботанический сад. The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd edition (1969–1978). Accessed on September 23, 2007.
- (Georgian) Official website of Batumi. Accessed on September 23, 2007.
- Invest in Adjara. Government of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara. Batumi, 2007. Accessed on September 23, 2007.
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