Nikitsky Botanical Garden, or the Nikita Botanical Garden, is located on the Black Sea coast, near the village of Nikita, 6 miles south of Yalta on the Crimean coast. It was founded in 1812 by a scientist 30 years old Steven Christian, a Russian botanist with Swedish ancestry, who was the first director.
Nikitsky Botanical Garden is considered the oldest botanical garden in the world. Nikitsky Botanical Garden area occupies almost 1,100 hectares (2700 acres), comprises more than 30,000 species, varieties and hybrids of plants from different countries around the world, including rare species and is protected by law. You will see how the Mediterranean maritime pine, bamboo in northern China and California oaks grow together, very close to each other.
Nikitsky Botanical Garden is also a large scientific research institute, in fact part of the Ukrainian Academy of Agrarian Sciences, the main objectives of the institute is studying the flora and natural vegetation, collection of genetic background and the discovery and production of new varieties of plants. Nikitsky Botanical Garden boasts, besides its natural beauty, with the largest herbarium in Europe, the oldest library in Crimea and an interesting scientific museum.
In 2000, the Ukrainian government awarded the status of Garden National Center for Science. Nikitsky Botanical Garden is the jewel of Ukraine and a perfect place for nature lovers.
By Maria Morari
The best places to visit in Ukraine .