Kutaisi Botanical Garden

Kutaisi Botanical Garden

The Kutaisi Botanical Garden is on the right bank of the Rioni river, near the Bagrati Cathedral. It is the third largest botanical garden in Georgia with 700 species of plants, all brought from different parts of the world, even those, included in the Red Book of the endangered species.

The Kutaisi Botanical Garden was established in 1969 under the direction of Scottish businessman and agronomist Jacob Marr. Exotic, cork oak trees and magnolias were planted in the garden and it  now has several hundred species of flora.

A hollow in an oak trunk, 45 meters tall and 2 meters in diameter, dates to the middle of the 20th century. The chapel, constructed inside a 400-year-old oak trunk, is the most well-known feature of the Kutaisi Botanical Garden. After receiving the blessing from the Georgian Orthodox Church, the chapel opened in January 2014. The chapel can fit 3 people at the same time.

The Kutaisi Botanical Garden has recently undergone a major renovation, with the addition of paved paths, artificial pools, and fountains. The amphitheater in the center of the garden hosts concerts, performances, and local movie screenings.

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