|Minsk Botanical Garden – New Belarus Tourism Brand|
|Belarus Cities - Minsk Oblast|
Minsk Botanical Garden was founded in 1932, but the substantial reconstruction took place only nowadays. After Alexander Lukashenka, the head of Belarus, visited the Garden in 1999, the reconstruction campaign of the Botanical Garden was introduced. This campaign is to be finished in 2010, however there is still much to be improved.
One of the main evaluation parameters for any garden is the number and the variety of plants, which can be found there. The Central Botanical Garden in Minsk can boast more than 10 000 taxons, and the collection is constantly enlarged.
The most frequent guests of the Botanical Garden are school children and students, nevertheless, today the visit to the Botanical Garden is often included into the travelling tours around Minsk.
For instance, tourists from Syria and UAE are especially interested in such excursions, as there are many difficulties with planting in their countries.
Today the Botanical Garden offers an excursion to lemon greenhouse. The exhibition of citrus fruit is the only of its kind in Belarus. The collection embraces 25 sorts of lemons, 5 sorts of mandarins, 4 sorts of grapefruit, and 3 sorts of oranges.
In 2007 the new tourist attraction was introduced at the Botanical Garden, flower exhibition, covered by the huge glass dome, where the special temperature and humidity conditions are preserved. There one can enjoy more than 500 species of exotic plants. It feels like you are having a walk along the tropical rainforest, with bananas and agaves hanging over your head. Without leaving the exhibition, one can have some rest at the cozy café, which offers a wide variety of herbal teas. Although in winter most outside exhibitions are not so interesting, the tropical plants are in full blossom during winter time.
The representatives of the Belarusian tourist agencies state, that it could be a nice idea to set up a small shop, offering some small packets with tea, herbs, some fruit, or small jars with honey, as everyone, who visits the Botanical Garden (especially foreign visitors) would be delighted to purchase these small souvenirs. As we have put it, there is still much to be added to Minsk Botanical Garden, nevertheless it is really worth a visit!