Kaunas Botanical Garden

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
The botanical garden greenhouse
The pond in the Kaunas Botanical Garden

The Kaunas Botanical Garden was founded in 1923 south of the center of Kaunas, Lithuania, in conjunction with the University of Lithuania (later renamed Vytautas Magnus University) by the initiative of Tadas Ivanauskas and Konstantinas Regelis. The garden currently covers 62 hectares of land, with 517 square meters of conservatories and experimental greenhouses comprising 0.25 hectares in Freda, Aleksotas elderate. The garden serves as a showcase for local plant life, houses various research facilities, and sells flowers, shrubs and trees to the public.

Projects[edit]

  • Monitoring of forest biodiversity and productivity, sponsored by the Lithuanian Forest Management and Inventory Institute at the Lithuanian University of Agriculture
  • Monitoring of vegetation in grasslands, wetlands, and sandy areas, to ensure the survival of endangered plant species and communities; sponsored by the Institute of Botany and the Regional subdivisions of the Ministry of Environment
  • Monitoring of aquatic vegetation and of plants on arable land, sponsored by the Institute of Botany
  • National Grassland Inventory in Lithuania, creating a comprehensive, GIS-accessible inventory of natural and semi-natural grasslands; co-sponsored by the Lithuanian Fund for Nature
  • Restoration of the Puscia bog by re-establishing the water regime and re-establishing typical bog vegetation
  • Certification for private forest owners in Lithuania
  • Transfer of European Knowledge from the Area of Nature Management to Lithuanian Nature Protection Institutions and Environmental Non-governmental Organizations, supported by the World Bank Small Grant Program
  • Hosting the EU program "PHARE 2003 Cross border Cooperation Programme in the Baltic Sea Region"

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 54°52′14″N 23°54′40″E / 54.87056°N 23.91111°E / 54.87056; 23.91111