Botanical Garden Alexandru Borza

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The Botanical Garden „Alexandru Borza” from Cluj Napoca is the „green stain” of Cluj, spreading on a surface of about 14 ha, close to the old town center.

The National Museum, the garden, was founded in the year 1872, having an initial surface of 4,4 ha. Through the care of professor A. Richter, its surface extended to 9.6 ha. In 1920, Alexandru Borza elaborated the reorganisation plan of a new botanical garden, whose design and development realised between 1920-1930.

At the present

At present time, the garden has 14 ha, and a level difference of 20 meters and it is split into more sectors, accommodating 11.000 exponates:

  • ornamental sector (the Mediterranean Garden, The Rosarium, the Japanese Garden)
  • phytogeographic sector (the plants are arranged by their natural associations – Roman Gardens)
  • the systematic (the plants are ordered after phylogenetic principles)
  • the economic and medical sector
  • the sector of the rare and endemic plants of the flora of Romania.

Remarkable are the two groups of greenhouses with an area of 3.500 square meters, with tropical plants and commercial and scientific interest.

Inside the Botanical Garden works the Botanical Institute with its two components: the Botanical Museum (6.910 botanical exhibits representing indigenous and exotic plants) and Herbarium (660.000 dried plant tabs – Herbarium sheets – arranged in special cabinets).

Under the editorial of the Botanical Garden specialty publications are edited (Catalogue of seeds,  Botanical Contributions etc.).

Main points of The Botanical Garden in Cluj

Botanical Garden is divided into several sections: ornamental, phytogeographic, systematic, economic and medical.

Japanese Garden is a place where you will find specific plants beside a small lake and a covered wooden terrace at its bank.

After the Japanese garden, towards the greenhouses, there is a tower, where you may go free, where you see a beautiful view over the garden and the city.

Another attraction is also the Roman Garden, also known as Pliniu’s garden, dominated by the statue of the goddess Ceres and framed by two veritable coffins discovered in the ancient Roman city Napoca. Here can be found plants cultivated in the gardens of Roman cities but also in those of peasants in Dacia Traiana.

Greenhouses are one of the attractions of the garden because there are many exotic plants, including the Amazon lily, sugar cane, papyrus, mangrove plants, tree ferns, insectivorous plants, eucalyptus, palm sugar, palm oil, and carnivorous plants .

Contact

RO-400015 Cluj-Napoca, Republicii Street, no. 42

Tel: ++40/264/597604

e-mail: grbot@grbot.ubbcluj.ro

http://www.ubbcluj.ro/ro/structura/sport/botanica.html

We recommend you to visit it because you will feel in the middle of nature, in the very heart of Cluj. You have the opportunity to see here from species of plants and trees specific to the area, to palmtrees or other tropical plants. It is the ideal place for walk and recreation.

The visiting hours are:

  • summer daily-between 8:00-19:00
  • greenhouses between 9:00-17:00
  • winter daily between 10:00-17:00

The price for a ticket is: 5 lei/person (it may suffer changes made by the administrators of the garden).

Studcard discount: 50%

It is a lot of walking in order to visit the entire garden, this is why we recommend to dress confortably

Inside there are few places where you can buy refreshments, at the main entrance or at the entrances in the greenhouses, therefore we recommend that, especially during hot summer days, bring water with you.

Access

The Botanical Garden in Cluj Napoca is located on Republicii Street no.42, the street thet starts from the left of the Students House of Culture at the crossroad with Napoca Street. In order to get to the main entrance, you go up the Republicii Street for about 500 meters; located relatively close to the old town center it is easy to get to it.

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There is also a back entrance from Louis Pasteur Street, but it is less used because it is also less accessible.

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