The “Alexandru Borza” Botanical Garden was founded in 1920 by Professor Alexandru Borza and it belongs to the Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. Its organization is based on the scientific conception regarding the classification of plants and phytogeography, harmoniously combined with the artistic refinement, which offers the Botanical Garden a hint of charm and a special picturesque character.
The garden space is divided into several sections, each having its particular nature:
The decorative section where many species with hundreds of sorts of wood plants and herbs are cultivated;
The phytogeographic section where plants belonging to the arid zones of Africa and Central America are exhibited, herb and wood formations from North America, The Far East, from the Himalayans and the Altai Mountains, from the Caucasus Mountains and The Balkans, and also the vegetal communities from the main historical regions of Romania;
The systematic section is a living botanical book in which the plants are grouped according to their kind, organized in phylogenetic order, based on Professor Borza’s original system.
The economic and medicinal section – In the enclosures of the Botanical Garden there is the Botanical Institute, represented by the botanical staff from the Biology and Geology Faculty, by the Botanical Museum – with 6,900 variously conserved pieces – and the University Herbarium – which contains 660,000 herbarium sheets with plants from all over the globe.
The “Alexandru Borza” Botanical Garden is a true masterpiece through its construction, richness and the functions it carries out and represents a national patrimony that deserves to be known and protected.
•The garden has a surface of 14 hectares/140,000 square meters;
•The collections from all of Earth’s meridians add up to a sum of approximately 10,000 taxa;
•The Roman Garden is dominated by the statue of goddess Ceres and by various archeological pieces discovered in the Roman city of Napoca. It is populated with crops, vegetables and flowers that grew in Roman gardens and that are still cultivated nowadays by farmers;
•The Japanese Garden is laid out in the intermediary traditional style gyo-no-niwa, with many specific landscape architecture elements and floral elements from the Far East;
•The greenhouse complex is composed out of six greenhouses where equatorial, tropical and subtropical plants are being cultivated: the famous Amazonian water-lily, palm trees, Australian and Mediterranean plants, succulent plants, orchids and tropical ferns etc.
Entry fee: Adults: 5 RON; students, senior citizens, disabled: 2,5 RON, Babes-Bolyai University students and employees: free
The Garden: all year long from 8.00 to 20.00; The Greenhouses: September – March from 8.00 to 16.00; April – May from 9.00 to 17.00; June – August from 10.00 to 18.00 The Museum: Monday – Friday from 7.00 to 15.00; Saturday and Sunday closed.
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