Tbilisi Botanic Garden

Botany Street No.1

The Botanic Garden is situated on the south side of the Sololaki mountain range in the river Tsavkistskali (Leghvtakhevi) gorge and encompasses 128 hectares of land. It has two entrances – from Botany Street and via a tunnel from L.Asatiani Street. The Botanic garden is at least 200 years old and there were once royal gardens on this territory. After Georgia’s unification with the Russian Empire, the royal garden was delivered to the state and, in 1845, a Botanic garden was opened there. During the 19th and 20th centuries, the garden was expanded greatly and the territory of the Muslem cemetery-located on the right embankment of Tsavkistskali – was joined to it. There are old graves in the garden; among them a grave of 19th century Azeri writer – Mirza Patali Akhundov. Tsavkistskali divides the garden into two parts. There are several bridges over the river, the most remarkable being an arched bridge built in 1914 near the waterfall.

The Botanic Garden is a real oasis in the midst of the city. The diversity of its flora is determined by the relief and microclimatic conditions of the garden- with 3500 kinds of flora in the garden from different regions of Georgia, endemic plants among them, and also unique examples of the flora of various other regions of the world.