Bountiful Botanical Gardens
Few cities in the world can say that they have botanical gardens as majestic and easily accessible as Batumi. Only 9 kilometers north of the city lie the Batumi Botanical Gardens, nestled on the shores of the Black Sea, home to 39,000 species from all over the world.
Rich varietyCovering over 108 hectares of land, the gardens were founded by Russian botanist Andrey Nikolayevich Krasnov. On their opening day in 1912, they were among the largest botanical gardens in the former Soviet Union. From 1925 and onward, the parks were further expanded and developed into a principal institution for the study of Caucasian maritime subtropical cultures.
Since then, the gardens have expanded even further. They now consist of 9 floristic sections, ranging from Caucasian humid subtropics to the Himalayas to the Mediterranean, and almost everything in between. The gardens are a popular stop on any visitor's trip to Batumi, and each year an average of 170,000 tourists make their way to this colorful city haven.
Year-round bloomSpending a day here is a beautiful experience all year round but especially lovely during spring when the trees and bushes are in flower. Taking a stroll through the area is not only a walk through different floral zones, but also a walk through a variety of smells. Capture the stunning beauty of the wide range of flowers with your camera, or take in the sights of the “Green Cape” and its magnificent coastline. It is truly a feast for the senses.
The experience of a vast number of plants, sights and smells doesn’t require a long trek or a perilous journey. By car, the gardens are only 15 minutes away, and 2 bus routes take you from the center of Batumi and out to the gardens in only 20 – 30 minutes. Radisson Blu Hotel, Batumi is the perfect location for an adventure both in the green sanctuary of the park and the city itself. Its central location makes it a natural home for any explorer.