Five Mesmerizing Botanical Gardens in Romania

“Alexandru Borza” Botanical Garden in Cluj-Napoca – the most renowned botanical garden. Located in the southern part of Cluj-Napoca, the botanical garden administered by the Babes-Bolyai University exists since 1920, but it was actually founded in 1872 by Samuel Brassai. The 14 hectares house around 10,000 carefully curated plants from all over the world. What catches the eyes of the 150,000 annual tourists is usually the Japanese Garden and the Japanase house within, or the Roman Garden, where tourists can spot a representation of Ceres, the goddess of cereals, and other remains from the Roman colony of Napoca. Besides being one of the most renowned landmarks of Cluj-Napoca, Alexandru Borza Botanical Garden is a research center as well. Once here, you will find about the herbarium and the impressive pressed plants collection, 750,000 in number, a mix of the personal herbaria of Borza, Baumgarten or Porcius.

“Anastasie Fatu” Botanical Garden in Iasi – the oldest one in Romania. The botanical garden of Iasi was the first one to ever be built in the country, namely, in 1856, by the passionate Anastasie Fatu. The garden has suffered a tumultuous history, as after Fatu’s death, the terrain was sold and all the plants dissipated. After that, it took no less than 6 trials to reach to an actual botanical garden again, as between 1921-1963 there was only a hectare of botanical land, only after 40 years was it able to expand to its actual size of 100 hectares, this making it one of the biggest in Europe. The eleven sections comprise over 8000 taxons.

“Vasile Fati” Botanical Garden of Biologic Research Institute in Jibou, Salaj – The Botanical Garden of Jibou was founded in 1968 by the professor Vasile Fati. The garden comprises of a greenhouses complex, research and microproduction complex, aquariums, zoo, birdhouses, Japanese Garden and a rosarium.

“Dimitrie Brandza” Botanical Garden in Bucharest. The first botanical garden of Bucharest was built in 1860 by Carol Davila, afterwards, in 1884, it was moved to its actual place by Dimitrie Brandza. The Botanical Garden suffered great deals of losses both in the First and Second World War, as the second destroyed 80% of the herbarium. Tourists can also visit the Museum where they will spot 1000 exotic species.

“Vasile Goldis” Botanical Garden in Macea, Arad. Located in the Macea village, around the Macea Castle, the botanical garden extends on 22 hectares and the Botanical Museum exhibitions are displayed on 290 mp. The Macea garden is special because it developed an affinity for wooden species, numbering over 2000 arbors.

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