The area of Gardenia Shevardnadze is full of seasonal flowers from early spring until late autumn. Immerse in colorful flora with roses, tulips, azaleas, forsythias, wisterias, gladioluses, peonies, and chrysanthemums. A unique collection of irises grows alongside them and there’s a small nursery garden where you can purchase small potted white and blue forget-me-nots, moonwort, begonias, as well as bulbs and flower seeds.
The smells of vanilla and cinnamon waft around the small café while apple, cherry, walnut, and orange tarts are baking.
Along with delicious khachapuri, you are offered green tomatoes seasoned in the Gurian fashion, mchadi, and cheese, for a ‘Zura breakfast’. They will treat you with natural buckthorn, cherry, peach juice, ice cream, and coffee. Buy some natural honey, jam, and flavorful tea from the homeland of Guria.
Every Thursday in the summer, there are festive dances on the terrace of the Gardenia. Stop by the souvenir shop at the exit to purchase vintage items that have been left over from Soviet houses, like colorful, glazed teapots, painted bowls, porcelain teacups, and original flowerpots.
Gardenia Shevardnadze is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00 except Monday, from February through December. You can take a bus 319 or 360, or a minibus 418 or 435 from a bus stop “Gadasasvleli Khidi” (“Railway Bridge”) above the Station Square subway station. The bus or a taxi stop to Gardenia is going to last around 10 minutes. The entrance costs 2 GEL.