Tallinn Botanic Garden
Tallinn Botanic Garden (Estonian: Tallinna Botaanikaaed), is the largest botanical garden in Estonia. It's located in the Kloostrimetsa subdistrict (asum), Pirita district (linnaosa), Tallinn. It covers an area of 123 hectares.
The Garden was established December 1961 attached to the Soviet Academy of Sciences Institute of Experimental Biology following agreement in January 1959 and was developed over the following years.
Originally, it dealt with research in the Estonian context e.g. plant growth requirements and acclimatisation. From 1970 research moved to the use of indigenous plant species in landscaping and horticulture (Ülle Kukk, Vaike Paju, Marianna Saar et al.)
The Botanic Garden has added a number of sections, such as the Audaku experimental outstation at Saaremaa in the north-west, and a nursery.
In 1995 responsibility for the Botanic Garden transferred to Tallinn town council.
Directors of the Botanic Garden have been:
- Arnold Pukk (1961–1978)
- Jüri Martin (1978–1988)
- Andres Tarand (1989–1990)
- Heiki Tamm (1991–1997)
- Jüri Ott (1997–2001)
- Veiko Lõhmus (2001–2005)
- Margus Kingisepp (2005–2009)
- Karmen Kähr (2009–present)
The Botanic Garden opened the doors to visitors to the systematically arranged outdoor collections in 1970, and the greenhouse collections a year later. The garden includes an arboretum, rosary (rose garden) and rock garden.
See also 
- "Estonian Academy of Sciences: Chronology 1938–2009". Retrieved 8 December 2010.
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