VIRTUAL TOUR

The Apothecaries' Garden at the Botanic Gardens of Moscow State University

An online tour through one of the most cosy and charming public gardens in Moscow
The Apothecaries' Garden at the Botanic Gardens of Moscow State University is the oldest botanic garden in Russia built by Peter the Great in 1706. It was purchased by Moscow State University in 1805. Following the decline of the post-Soviet time, the garden developed into one of the finest botanic gardens in Russia. Due to its extensive collection of plants, including indoor and outdoor galleries, various educational programmes, and unique atmosphere, it has become one of the most popular recreation areas in Moscow.

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Virtual tour 'Dracula Orchids'
Visitors will see the splendid orchids of the mysterious Dracula genus and other mountain rain forest orchids from the Apothecary Garden collection at the Moscow State University Botanical Garden. The Dracula genus comprises 118 species native to Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador. Some of them are distinguished by their blood-red colour — hence the dramatic name of the genus. In the late 19th century, Dracula orchids were a common sight in greenhouses around Europe. These rare Gothic-style flowers were very much in demand. The tour is led by Sergey Isaev, the Garden's curator.
Virtual tour 'Orchids. Private Greenhouses'
In the early 21st century, the Apothecary Garden housed no more than 100 species of orchids. Currently, the collection includes about 900 species of Orchidaceae native to tropical or subtropical regions of the globe. During the tour, visitors will take a breathtakingly scenic journey into the tropical world of orchids and learn about the most exotic species. The tour is led by Sergey Isaev, the Garden's curator.
Virtual tour "The Apothecaries'
Garden in Bloom"
Primroses are the earliest flowers to bloom in spring. This year's extremely mild winter caused many flowers to bloom 4–5 weeks earlier than normal. A great variety of snowdrops, crocuses, squills, hellebores and other early spring flowers will be displayed. Regularly at this time of the year, the flower buds of magnolias, tree peonies and bird cherry trees are about to open. The tour is led by Artyom Parshin, a landscape architect of the garden.
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