A haven for nature enthusiasts, Batumi Botanical Garden in Georgia provides an immersive experience with breathtaking views of the pristine coast
Georgia's second-largest city, Batumi, is known for its vibrant atmosphere. Located on the Black Sea coast, it's a fusion of historic architecture and contemporary attractions that make it a must-visit. From its seafront promenade to the bustling piazza, there is plenty to discover. And for nature buffs, Batumi Botanical Garden is a delight! Situated about nine kilometres north of the city, more than 200 metres above sea level, it overlooks the pristine coast and offers a truly immersive experience.
Bringing to life the vision of Russian botanist Andrei Krasnov, Batumi Botanical Garden was established in 1912. Recognising Batumi's unique climate, thanks to its location between the Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea, Krasnov saw it as an ideal hub for cultivating diverse plant species.
From its initial goal of acclimatising exotic plants, the garden evolved into a centre for research, conservation and education. Despite political and cultural shifts over the decades, it endured, with its collections not only perfectly preserved but also thriving and expanding. Today, the 111-hectare garden showcases a captivating array of plants from various climatic regions, all of which are on display for nature enthusiasts who come from near and far.
Plenty to explore
Batumi Botanical Garden is divided into nine unique phytogeographical departments, each meticulously designed to replicate the conditions of diverse climatic zones worldwide. Visitors can explore the diverse flora that thrives in regions such as the Mediterranean, East Asia, Australia and beyond.
While every zone is enthralling, one of the top sights is the Cape Lookout Point. Located near the entrance of the south gate, this vantage point promises stunning panoramas of the Black Sea and the beaches north of Batumi, complete with an active railway running along the shore.
One of the best ways to take it all in is hiking through the gardens via its marked trails. You can easily spend hours exploring the park, uncovering new paths along the way. A map is handed over to every visitor upon entry, while guides are also at hand to offer an in-depth insight into the history and collections of the garden. But if hiking isn't for you, electric buggies are also available to take visitors through the vibrant lanes.