Every person in Kyiv knows that true spring starts only when magnolia is blooming. This is a very important event for the natives and tourist. It attracts crowds of people. Some of them want to see the awakening of nature, some just want to upload a new profile picture, but all of them come to certain places in the centre, loitering around the park and smelling those enormous flowers on the trees. Now, we are visiting Hortus Botanicus Fominianus Universitatis Kievensis (Fomin Botanic Garden of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv).
Fomin Botanic Garden of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv was founded in 1839. It is one of the oldest botanic institutions in Ukraine. It is very important place for the environment which aims to conserve and study rare plants. Nowadays scientists and activists in Ukraine and in other countries try to save the disappearing species. The student of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv try to plant something new each season. Unfortunately, they don’t get enough resources for that so it is not renewed often.
Now the collection of the plants in the Garden reached 9000 species which makes it one of the influential places in the country.
In 2009, the administration of the Garden applied the documents to the Ministry of Youth and Sport for adding tropical and subtropical species to the collection.
Unlike many other park in Kyiv, which we talked about in the previous article, Fomin Botanic Garden is situated in a convenient place. You can see the entrance to the park as soon as you go out of the metro. The infrastructure here is simple and developed so you can reach it from any part of the city, even from the airport Kyiv Zhuliany.
If you fancy going to the park right after your flight, you can take the trolleybus 9. Your stop will be “Universitet Metro Station”. The surroundings of the Garden are really fascinating. If you are interested in education and higher education institutions, you can visit two universities. The first one is Drahomanov National Pedagogical University which is situated right opposite the Garden. You won’t miss this yellow building. To reach the second one, you need to go up from the bus stop and then turn right. You will see a big red building. This is Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. In front of the University, there is Taras Shevchenko monument and park. It is smaller but often crowded because of the students resting during the break and people who just want to have rest.
If you want to see some more sights, you can go up and cross the road. There is Saint Volodymyr’s Cathedral, one of the biggest and most visited cathedrals in Kyiv. From the Garden, you can also take a 20-minute-walk and see some famous places like National Opera, Golden Gate, Hedgehog in the Fog. Your final destination will be Saint Sofia’s Cathedral and St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery. Then you can go down and see Maidan Nezalezhnosti.
As you can see, the location of the Botanic Garden is truly convenient. You won’t ever get lost here!
Let’s dive in this oasis of beautiful trees and flowers.
If you come here in April or May, you will probably see mysterious bright yellow bushes and lots of people in front of them taking pictures. These bushes are spread all around the city and attract lots of attention. It is now surprise that you can see the macro pictures in social networks. We also managed to take one.
Blooming apricots are one of the most important plants that let us know that spring has finally come. It is believed that if apricots are blooming, the temperature won’t drop less than zero. It is not always true. Last year, it was snowing in April.
We also enjoyed walking by the pure white tiny flowers of one of the bushes right on the entrance to the Garden. It doesn’t smell so you can stand next to it as long as you want. Though you need to be attention not to annoy people who take pictures after you. This bush looks like a bridesmaid next to a splendid bride…
Yes, don’t be so surprised! Magnolia really looks like it was taken out from the fashion magazines cover. It is luxurious! Enormous flowers attract so much attention that people climb over the fence to come closer and smell them. Everyone is waiting impatiently till the person before them finishes photographing. People come with their families. Some couples are walking holding their hands and smiling dreamingly. It’s like the world around you disappears. You can actually feel that nature has woken up.
Look how many flowers! As many flowers as many people! When you come into the Garden, you may think that every flower invited its person for a meeting.
If you come deeper, you will see that there are two kinds of magnolias here – pink one and white one. Pink looks amazing of the pictures especially if you make macro photo.
Most of the flowers are not yet open but they still look amazing. It is not allowed to touch the trees and flowers (though some people don’t obey this rule), but you can come close enough to smell them and to see how wonderful they are. If you can’t stop you desire of touching it, you will feel like you’re touching velvet.
It is so pleasant to stand under the tree with you eye closed and breath in a strong but tender aroma of magnolia. People try to spend as much time as possible next to the trees where the flowers opened completely.
Follow people. Come down the stairs. Go on a bright yellow colour of Forsythia bushes. There, in a row, you will see the benches. We promise you that there won’t be enough space to sit. Be ready to walk!
Go down the stairs again. You will hear a buzzing noise. No, it’s not a beehive! It’s the sound of people talking to each other without smartphones and computers! Can you imagine that in our age?!
This place became a fair without the goods for selling. You will also here music. If you are not aware of that, there are a lot of street musicians in Kyiv. Really talented ones! When this place is crowded, guitar players arrive to entertain the visitors and to earn some money.
Don’t stop! Come here and enjoy soft guitar music!
If you go further, you will see the artists who come here to practice and draw picturesque landscapes. They don’t pay attention to the crowd. They are concentrated on their paint and canvas.
A bit further you may be lucky enough to see the girl wearing a fancy dress and a photographer who tells her how she should stand.
People are everywhere. They laugh, they hold hands, they look each other in the eyes. It is pure harmony, irresistible desire to live! It is the time when Kyiv wakes up with the nature. It is the place where you can feel how connected with nature you are.
Photos from KATERYNA SOKOLOVA