About Sights – The National Botanical Garden of Georgia
The National Botanical Garden of Georgia (Georgian: საქართველოს ეროვნული ბოტანიკური ბაღი), formerly the Tbilisi Botanical Garden (თბილისის ბოტანიკური ბაღი), is a research, cultural-educational and nature conservation institution in Georgia. Located in the foothills of Narikala Castle in Tbilisi, it occupies an area of 161 hectares and possesses a collection of over 4,500 plant groups.
The Garden’s collection contains flora from the Caucasus region, China , the Himalayas, Japan, North America , Turkey, Siberia and the Mediterranean.
The Garden’s history spans more than three centuries. It was first described in 1671 by the French traveler Jean Chardin and is thought to have been founded as a royal garden in 1625. The gardens were pillaged during the Persian invasion of 1795 but restored in the early 19th century and officially established as the Tiflis Botanical Garden in 1845.
The main entrance to the Garden is located at the foothills of the Narikala Fortress at 1, Botanikuri St. in the Old Town.
The Tsavkisistskali river divides the Garden and several bridges were constructed to connect the two parts. One of the bridges spans a waterfall and was built in 1914. The views of the Garden from the bridge are spectacular.
There is also a separate viewing point to one side of the bridge.
The garden provides a cooler environment than the surrounding city in the hottest months of the year (July and August), making it a popular place to visit during the summer.
If you intend to fully explore the Garden be prepared for a long walk. Sensible shoes are recommended. Some of the paths are natural and have been eroded by the elements.
Steps connect the different levels. These are often made of natural materials and care should be taken when ascending and descending.
How to get there: The main entrance to the Garden is at 1, Botanikuri St. in the Old Town.
There is another entrance at Narikala that can be reached by using the aerial tramway that connects Rike Park to Narikala Fortress.
The tramway crosses the Mtkvari river, providing superb views of Tbilisi and especially the Old Town. The journey takes 2 minutes and steps leading down to the Garden are just outside the aerial tramway terminus at Narikala.
Georgia About recommends a visit to the beautiful National Botanical Garden of Georgia!