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  Botanical Garden, Beograd, map  
 

 

 

After five years we are back in our birth town and country. This visit we are starting with the surprisingly pleasant walk trough the Botanical Garden.

The Jevremovac Botanical Garden in BelgradeSerbia, is the botanical garden administered by the University of Belgrade’s Biology School. The garden is located in Belgrade’s municipality of Stari Grad [Old City], central city area.

     
  Botanical Garden, Beograd  
     
   
 

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For the entrance we were charged 300 dinars [~2.5 Euro] per person. I think that this is actually quite good for the "health" of the garden. It is in the first place keeping out people that are not interested in "botanics".

     
  Botanical Garden, Beograd  
     

In the year of 1889. King Milan Obrenović, decided to solve previous problems of the location of the garden with the generous gift to the city of Belgrade of the property that he inherited from his grandfather. One and only condition was that the garden is named Jevremovac in the memory of his grandfather Jevrem Obrenović.

     
  Botanical Garden, Beograd  
     

Traffic is strictly pedestrian, except maintenance, excellent for our <psycho>geography purpose. Very few built structures, all of them with heritage value, are not overshadowing the nature.

Walking around is an educational trip. All major plants are clearly marked, obvious engagement of University of Belgrade’s Biology School, very very helpfull.

     
  Botanical Garden, Beograd  
             
  Botanical Garden, Beograd  
     

Highlight of the walk was visit to the Japanese Garden, that was donated in 2004 by Japanese Embasy in Belgrade.

     
  Botanical Garden, Beograd  
 

 

 

Simplicity and balance of the lines and colours and not monumental approach is reflecting harmony with nature in Japanese garden.

Stone, water and plants are 3 basic elements in the garden. Stone is sacred object in Japan where spirits are hidden and it is they are usually in the groups of three, symbolizing triad between sky, earth and humans.

 

 

 
  Botanical Garden, Beograd  
             
  Botanical Garden, Beograd  
     

After climbing a little hill and a visit to the bamboo grow, it was time to sit, reflect and enjoy, relaxed atmosphere.

We do have to mention famous endemic evergreen, Pančić Omorica, named after founder of the botanical garden Josif Pančić. He was a Serbian botanist, a doctor of medicine, a lecturer at the Great School, and the first president of the Serbian Royal Academy. He extensively documented the flora of Serbia, and is credited with having classified many species of plants which were unknown to the botanical community at that time. Of course that this omorica is in the garden.

     
  Botanical Garden, Beograd  
     

Last time we experienced similar space was Eco-Archaeological Bio-reserve in Cuba. Check it out, if you are iterested.

     
             
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