The Anastasie Fătu Botanical Garden (Grădina Botanică Anastasie Fătu) in Iași is the oldest and largest in the country. It was founded in 1856 at the initiative of physician and naturalist Anastasie Fătu, graduate of The University of Vienna Faculty (School) of Law and of The Paris Faculty of Medicine. The Botanical Garden that now carries his name is maintained by the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iași. It now occupies 100 hectares (250 acres).
Over 6,000 species of plants are on display in the gardens, both outdoors and in glasshouses. It’s a place that has something to offer all throughout the year. When I visited a few days ago (May 2013), the tulips and daffodils were gone, but the many lilac shrubs were in bloom, and so were the chestnut trees lining up the first segment of the main alley.