The Botanical Garden of the University of Latvia was founded in 1922. On its territory of 15 hectares there are greenhouse and street collections, including approximately 6,000 plants. The Botanical Garden is one of the most favorite holiday destinations in Riga. You can leisurely go around a compact but informative territory, meet representatives of flora from around the world, visit greenhouses of plants, azaleas and tropical butterflies, and just enjoy nature in the midst of urban life. Amateur gardeners who are interested in botany, and those who want to spend time in a beautiful and well-groomed environment and at the same time learn something new – here everyone will find something interesting for themselves.
Tropical Butterfly Greenhouse
The botanical garden of the University of Latvia opened the only tropical greenhouse with tropical insects from the tropics of South America, Asia and Africa in the Baltics. In nature, butterflies flutter in flocks on sunny warm lawns. They feed on floral nectar and ripe fruit juice. Now you can also experience tropical exoticism in the greenhouse of tropical butterflies: feel the touch of a fluttering wing, the smell of tropical plants, the stuffiness of the air. No less interesting than the butterflies are their pupae, which can be viewed in different sizes and colors through the glass of the incubator.
The collection of the botanical garden is extensive and carefully selected. In the botanical garden you can get acquainted with protected plants, medicinal herbs and toxic plants of Latvia. Most of the trees and shrubs in the arboretum are not typical of the Latvian flora, for example, witch hazel, cedars, lilacs, walnuts, gingko, mulberries, roses, cork trees and edible chestnuts. The garden features a collection of perennials, lilies, dahlias, herbaceous perennials and other ornamental plants. As part of a special exhibition, you can get acquainted with marsh plants, as well as mosses and lichens. In the greenhouses there are various tropical and subtropical, as well as desert plants, including cacti.
Each visitor to the Botanical Garden will be able to choose a plant for home, garden, pond and other purposes from a wide range of presented plants. From the specialists working here, you can get comprehensive information on horticulture and floriculture, as well as plant protection and the features of caring for them. In addition, by prior arrangement, it is possible to take part in seminars covering plant propagation issues, especially their cultivation, information on plant diseases and pests, as well as on their use in everyday life.
In the middle of summer, during the flowering of linden in the botanical garden, a holiday is held gathering gardeners, breeders, and gardeners who like to enjoy the achievements of Latvian gardeners, a variety of garden plants, be inspired by ideas for their garden and feel the summer, enjoying the magic of colors, sounds and smells. During the exhibition, you can buy and sell plants, goods and books on gardening.
A visit to the Botanical Garden is a great opportunity to get acquainted with plants around the world, as well as look at interesting and unusual plants, learn about the features of their cultivation and care for them.
Contacts Botanical Garden:
Address: Kandavas iela 2, Riga, LV-1083
Phone: +371 67450852