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Nikitsky Botanical Garden

Nikitsky Botanical Garden is one of the oldest botanical gardens. It is located in Crimea, Ukraine, close to Yalta, by the shores of the Black Sea. It was founded in 1812 and named after the settlement Nikita, Ukraine. Its founder and first director was Russian botanist Christian Steven of Swedish descent. The total area is 11 square kilometres. It is a scientific research centre, a producer of saplings and seeds, and a tourist attraction. The gardren is the part of the Ukrainian Academy of Agrarian Sciences. It has subsidiaries in Crimea and Kherson Oblast. Its collection counts over 50,000 species, sorts and hybrides. Its scientific work consists in study of natural flora, collection of gene fund, selection and introduction of new agricultural plants for south Ukraine, Russia, and other countries.

Kiev Botanical Gardens

There are several Botanical Gardens in Kiev. The most well known are the one named after A.V.Fomin, the "State Botanical Garden", and the "Botanical Garden of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine". The latter one is considered the most picturesque in Kiev, containing not only various kinds of plants but also neighbouring the Vydubychi Monastery. The Botanical Garden of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine is also called the Central Botanical Garden. Founded in 1936, it covers 1.3 km? (120 hectares) and contains over 13,000 types of trees, shrubs, flowers and other plants from all over the world. It boasts a great amount of coniferous trees and locusts, flowers such as peonies, roses, magnolias, and bushes including lilacs. The garden contains a number of hothouses, conservatories, greenhouses and rosaries. It is the most popular amongst the residents, where one can see exotic plants, attend flower exhibitions, take a stroll along the beautiful lilac and rose alleys and enjoy the exquisite scents and aromas. The time of lilac blossom (end-spring) is the most popular season in the central garden. In 1839, the Kiev Shevchenko University opened its own botanical garden. The total area of the botanical garden covers 22.5 hectares (0.225 km?) and contains over 8,000 species of plants, including 143 species recorded in Ukraine's Red Book of Rare Species. In 1977, a 30 meter (98 foot) high glass greenhouse was built inside the garden, which houses the oldest palm trees on Ukraine. In 1935, the garden was named after the academician A.V. Fomin, who directed the garden for many years. The vestibule of the Kiev Metro station Universytet, is located on the northern edge of the garden, which was opened in 1960.

National Steppe Biosphere Reserve "Askaniya Nova"

Askaniya Nova Biosphere Reserve is a representative of the Black Sea southern-steppe biogeographic province, situated 60 km south-east of the town of Kakhovka. Created as the first steppe reserve in Ukraine in 1888, it comprises a dendrological park of the 19th century and a zoological park with a breeding centre for Przewalski horse, ostriches, aboriginal ungulates and birds. The site has a long research and monitoring history. The biosphere reserve is also interesting from a cultural point of view.

Dendrological Sofiyivsky Park

Sofiyivsky Park is a landscape park in Uman, central Ukraine. It was founded in 1796 by Count Stanislaw Potocki, a Polish nobleman. The park was named after his wife Sofia. There are many scenic areas in the park including waterfalls, fountains, ponds and a stone garden. It is one of the most famous examples of late 17th or early 18th century European landscape garden design that has been preserved to the present time.