A Visit to the Botanical Gardens in Bucharest in May

by Mira

Article with many photos from the Dimitrie Brandza Botanical Gardens in Bucharest, Romania, taken on May 2, 2015. Includes info on opening hours and short history.

If you’re in Bucharest and you love gardening, or simply flowers and nature, then you will enjoy a visit to the Botanical Gardens in Bucharest. They’re close to city center, across the street from the Presidential Palace in Cotroceni.

The entrance ticket is very cheap, only 5 lei, which is 1 euro and a few eurocents. Entrance to the glasshouses is 3 lei.

The Botanical Gardens are open from 8am to 8pm every day of the week. The glasshouses are open from 9am to 1pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

The glasshouses have beautiful orchids, bromelias, cacti, palm trees, ferns, and other tropical, subtropical, and acquatic plants, and the grounds have a large rosarium (rose garden), which you can enjoy during the summer and fall months, from June onwards.

Peony Bush
Peony Bush
Peony Bush
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White and Pink Peonies
White and Pink Peonies
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Short History of the Botanical Gardens in Bucharest

The first botanical garden of the city was inaugurated in 1860 by Dr. Carol Davila. At that time the garden occupied 7 ha, and the area was decorated under the overseeing of botanist Ulrich Hoffmann. In 1866 directorship is passed to Romanian botanist Dimitrie Grecescu. As the Royal family wanted the grounds for a royal park, the botanical gardens moved to a new space in University Square. At that time the institution became part of the University of Bucharest under the leadership of Prof. Dimitrie Brândza, who founded in 1892 the Botanical Institute, under whose authority functioned the Botanical Museum and the first Herbarium.

Building of the Botanical Institute
Building of the Botanical Institute
© Mira at Wizzley

In 1884 the gardens moved to the current location, where they now occupy 17, 5 ha. The first glasshouses were modeled on those from the Botanical Gardens in Liège. Between 1932 and 1954 the Botanical Gardens were managed by City Hall before becoming the property of the University again. Since 1994 the Bucharest botanical gardens are known as the Dimitrie Brândza Botanical Gardens.

And Now Some Plants and Trees

I tried to photograph the labels for further reference, but not all plants and trees had these labels. So I don’t know the name of all the plants I’m showing here. I’m hoping some of you may help me identify the unlabeled photos. If you click on the photos shown as half-width, you can see the large, 800-pixel versions.

All images are © Mira at Wizzley
1. Magnolia-like shrub
1. Magnolia-like shrub
2. Redbud
2. Redbud
3. Redbud close-up
3. Redbud close-up
4. Wildflowers
4. Wildflowers
5. Rose garden
5. Rose garden
6. Rosarium flowers
6. Rosarium flowers
7. Washingtonia filifera
7. Washingtonia filifera
8. Elephant's ear
8. Elephant's ear

Orchids

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12. Many orchids
12. Many orchids
13. Episcia (Flame violet)
13. Episcia (Flame violet)
14. Asparagus densiflorus
14. Asparagus densiflorus
15. Lotus pond
15. Lotus pond
16. Cacti
16. Cacti
17. Kalanchoe
17. Kalanchoe
18. Cacti
18. Cacti
19. Bromelia
19. Bromelia
20. Ficus
20. Ficus
21. Bougainvillea
21. Bougainvillea
22. Alley
22. Alley

And Ducks

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I'll Be Back in June to See the Roses

I'll be back throughout the summer months to see the roses. In the meantime, I leave you with another beautiful flower.

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Mira on 09/19/2015

Thank you, Veronica! I should probably go back, see what flowers they have for fall.

Veronica on 09/19/2015

What beautiful plants and your photos especially those orchids could go into a competition they are stunning . Well done .

Mira on 07/31/2015

Thank you, Shraddha! I, too, think the seasons bring so much beauty, and find the blooming of flowers in spring amazing, particularly in a garden where each flower blooms at a different time.

WriterArtist on 07/31/2015

I think I have never enough of visiting gardens. The sight of lush greenery is irresistible. I also enjoy watching local varieties of plants.

I never tire of admiring the beauty and freshness of blooming flowers, there is no sight which can beat the beauty of lush green gardens. The Botanical gardens of Bucharest in May are lovely, your photos echo their charming existences.

Mira on 07/01/2015

Thank you, Sheila!

Mira on 07/01/2015

Thank you, Linda, for stopping by and for your comment. My mother, too, is more talented than I am when it comes to plants :)

CruiseReady on 07/01/2015

What lovely flowers (and ducks). Than you f\or sharing a beautiful visual record of your visit. The orchids are especially pretty.

Guest on 07/01/2015

Mira, These are beautiful flowers and shrubs. I love flowers and tried to put some in pots this year but my green thumb is not like my mother's was. She loved the red-bud trees. In fact, she loved anything that grew out of the soil, and she could make them beautiful within her garden. I live in her home now, but it looks nothing like the beauty she was able to create with her garden.

Love this!

Mira on 06/29/2015

I think that people there may have forgotten a large chunk of their educational duties. They help train students of biology on the grounds but they also need to educate the general public the best they can. It's okay if they don't have the money and time to cultivate all their grounds, but at least they should make sure the signs are right for the plants they do have.

DerdriuMarriner on 06/29/2015

Mira, That's unfortunate that the signs for roses at the Botanical Gardens are few and far between and perhaps are not even placed correctly. Perhaps roses were moved to other locations and their signs did not follow them. Good signage always makes the experience of cultivated nature so enjoyable.


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