“Alexandru Borza” Botanical Garden Cluj-Napoca
Cluj’s Botanical Garden is where the hustle and noise of the city remain outside the wall of vegetation. It is the place that no who tourists who came to Cluj-Napoca should miss it, the botanical garden is the favorite place of leisure for Clujeans and many take refuge from the summer heat. The visitor can enjoy a relaxing walk, admiring plants from around the world.
Besides its recreational function, the “Alexandru Borza” Botanical Garden is a scientific, didactic and educational institute subordinated to UBB, constituting a research base for students of the Faculty of Biology. The Botanical Garden houses the museum, which includes over 6,900 plants from all over the world and the largest herbarium in the country, with about 650,000 preserved plant fragments.
The garden has an area of 14 hectares, comprising of 10,000 plants brought from around the world and is divided into several sections: ornamental, phytogeographic, systematic, economic and medicinal.
The ornamental sector is the most dynamic and most colorful garden, including seasonal plants with a purely decorative decorative character.
Within the phytogeographical sector can be found a Japanese garden with a stream and a pagoda, so arranged as to be faithful to the calm and meditative spirit of Japan as well as the Roman Gardens, also known as the Garden of Pliny, dominated by the Roman goddess Ceres which is flanked by two coffins discovered in the old Roman town, Napoca. Here are plants that grew in Roman towns and villages and even in the gardens of Roman Dacia.
A special attraction is the complex of six greenhouses. Three of them can be found near the Roman garden. In the Aquatic greenhouse, one can admire the lotus from the Amazon (Victoria Amazonica). This plant occupies a large part of the central basin, populated with different species of fish. Its leaves can reach up to 1.5 m in diameter and can support the weight of a child, and flowers are formed from spring to autumn, it lasts only 24 hours, changing its color from white to pink.
The australian and Mediterranean plants greenhouse comprises a collection of species of Ficus, Araucaria, Casuarina and Australian tree fern Alsophila Australis and the Palm greenhouse hosts over 80 species of decorative or industrial function palms, from areas such as Asia, Australia, Japan, and the Canary Islands.
The best time to visit is spring to summer, when the garden is flooded with color and the fragrance of the flowers of the alley entrance and the cactus flowers in greenhouses.
Address: no. 42 Republicii Street
Hours: 9am-6pm, 7pm (greenhouses: 9am-6pm, summer, 10am-5pm, winter)
Ticket Prices: 4 lei adults; children/students 2 lei
Photography Tax: 20 lei
Telephone: + 4 0264.592.152