The M. M. Hryshko National Botanical Garden of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine comprises almost 130 hectares and is one of the biggest national parks in Europe. You can enjoy and admire its collection all the year round, even in winter.
The garden opens its door to over 1 million guests annually. Besides a rich flora, the tourists love visiting the Trinity Monastery of St. Jonas with ancient frescoes dating back to the XIX century, which is also located on the territory of the garden. It’s a popular place for throwing a photo shoot or arranging a wedding ceremony.
Visiting All the Latitudes in One Day
A walk through the Hryshko National Botanical Garden is a unique chance to see the nature typical for various geographical zones. It doesn’t depict only the diversity of plants but also has specially created relief peculiarities of the typical landscapes. Here you shall find the nature and scenery of the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains, forests and steppes of Ukraine, Crimea, Altai, and Western Siberia, Central Asia, and the Far East.
By the way, Kyiv citizens and guests have another favorite place for relaxing walks. It’s Feofaniya, a beautiful park in the outskirts of Kyiv.
Collections and Expositions of the Kyiv Botanical Garden
The arboretum is a real heart and soul of the park. It occupies 30 hectares and can boast of the plants which had been brought from all over the world. Trees and bushes go down the high Dripro bank in a beautiful bright cascade.
On the official website of the Hryshko National Botanical Garden, there’s a special calendar where you can check out what is in blossom at the moment. Crocuses, snowdrops, daffodils, hyacinths and magnolias, irises and lilac, jasmine and roses - this is just a small list of everything you shall see in the park.
Garden of Lilac
Lilac in its blossom attracts plenty of visitors in Kyiv to the Botanical Garden. The spectacular Syringarium is constructed in such a way what any guest could see as many sorts of the plant as possible from the observation decks. The highest spot of the garden offers a stunning view of Vydubychi Monastery, the Dnipro River and its neighborhoods.
Magnolias and Other Beauties of the Arboretum
The next vivid piece on the map of the central Botanical Garden is the magnolia. The area covered with these plants consists of ten colorful kinds and also their relatives - the canoewood.
The arboretum has other fascinating zones to check out mainly the rosarium, lime valley, birchwood, plantings of beech, maple and walnut trees, plantations of relic gymnosperms, the garden of lianas, the valley of the hydrophilous vegetation, legu-mes and oil-bearing crops, the rock garden and plenty of others.
The Greenhouse and the “Garden of Eden”
The greenhouse complex of the Hryshko National Botanical Garden offers a real delight to one’s eyes! Here you shall find various kinds of azaleas and camellias, orchids, tropical and subtropical fruit-bearing plants (lemon, orange, feijoa, mango etc.), cacti and other succulents, and also palms and figs.
The Dome Greenhouse pavilion has a permanent exhibition called the “Garden of Eden”. It offers its guest a chance to watch rare reptiles, amphibians, birds, and insects of the Old and the New World.
Among other expositions of the Botanical garden one may check out the collection of herbaceous (vegetables, spices, and medical herbs, feed and technical crops), fruit-trees (various sorts of actinidias, magnolia-vine, dogwood, quince and other) and floral (aster, carnation, chrysanthemum, iris and other flowers) vegetation.
If you have a garden of your own or want to create one, don’t even hesitate to visit the specialized shop on the territory of the Botanical garden. It sells sapling of decorative and fruit-bearing plants, feed crops seeds, spices, vegetables, and nectariferous crops. You can also get a consultation on how to grow them properly.
What’s Forbidden in the Hryshko National Botanical Garden in Kyiv?
It’s absolutely forbidden to litter, damage plants, break branches, collect bouquets, vegetables and seed, walk on lawns, walk pets, start a fire, cycling, skating, skiing or sledding in the Hryshko Botanical Garden.
Important Information for the Tourists
Address: 1 Timiryazevskaya Street
How to Get to Kyiv Botanical Garden:
from the Druzhby Narodiv Station along the Bastionna Station it will take you 15 minutes to get to the garden;
from the Pecherska Station take bus № 62 or the trolleybus №14 till the final stop “Botanical Garden”;
from the railway station take the trolleybus №14;
There’s also another entry to the garden from the side of Vydubychi Monastery. You can easily reach it in only 20 minutes from Paton Bridge.
Open Hours: daily all the year round.
May - August - 8.30 - 21.00;
September - March - 8.00 till the twilight.
Open Hours of the Greenhouse complex: Wednesday - Friday - 10:00 - 16:00; Saturday - Sunday - 11:00 - 17:00 (Monday and Tuesday are days off).
Admission to the Botanical garden is 50 UAH for adults and 20 UAH for schoolchildren.
Admission to the greenhouse complex: 20 UAH.
Tours and theme excursions: for groups up to 20 people - 400 UAH; up to 30 people - 450 UAH.
Tour around the greenhouse: 300 UAH (a group is up to 10 people).
Phone Number: +38 (044) 284-95-06, (044) 285-41-05.
Lifehacks for runners and palmers
If you are a runner or a palmer you’ll have a chance to enjoy the local beauties for free. People who are on their run or who want to attend the service at the Trinity Monastery of St. Jonas are let in absolutely for free.
In case you want to have a more urban walk with aesthetic delight, head to the main square in Kyiv - Maidan Nezalezhnosti.
Hryshko National Botanical Garden on Kiev map