Botanical Garden

Weather is nice... which Prague park is worth relaxing?

So which of Prague parks are the best? There is Stromovka – huge park, recently renovated. It was quite destroyed because of the flood, which was in Prague in the summer 2002. “Strom” means a tree in Czech language and there really are lots of trees, but there are also beds with flowers, water fountain, a lake with ducks, but there are other interesting buildings in Stromovka, for example in 1961 was built here an astronomical observatory. But the park is mainly the favorite place, where Prague inhabitants spend their free time in the fresh air, surrounded by trees.

Not far from Stromovka is a park called Letenske sady (which in English means Letna Gardens). Here used to be a famous huge statue of the infamous dictator Stalin. Later was on this place put a huge statue of Metronome. And from the Metronome you can enjoy amazing view over Prague with Vltava River and all that amazing Prague towers, churches, palaces and other builidings. There are a lot of flowers planted in Letenske Sady, at this time exceed especially beautiful tulips of different shapes and colors. Plus, here is a popular beer garden with a beautiful view over Prague, or you can ask for beer in a plastic cap and enjoy it while walking through park or on some of plenty benches.

But probably the most famous of Prague parks are Petrinske Sady (Petrin Gardens) – according to the tradition, the ideal place for lovers. There is even a statue of their “patron” – a Czech poet Karel Hynek Macha, an author of very well-known poem Maj (May), which is an obligatory reading in almost all Czech high schools´ literature lessons. In Petrin is also a beautiful Rose Garden and popular mirror maze, lookout tower, Stafanik´s observatory, Memorial to the victims of Communism. And if you do not want to climb up on the Petrin hill, you can use Petrin funicular, a special mean of Prague public transport.

Prague Baroque Jewel to Open for People

Today, the first time in the history, Velka Fürstenberska Zahrada (The Great Fürstenberg Garden) will be opened to the general public.

Palace gardens, situated on the slopes under the Prague Castle towards Mala Strana (Lesser Quarter) will grow of more territories. To the complex of Five Castle Gardens (all belong to the state), will accede Velka Fürstenberska Zahrada, which extensive reconstruction finished by the Capital City of Prague. The plan is to connect all the Castle gardens together, so tourists and Prague citizens could go freely from one to another.

To revive and repair the garden took about a year and a half. During that time the sightseeing pavilion was repaired, planned to become a social facility and a restaurant. Gardeners planted a few thousand flowers, trees and over two thousands roses. The entrance to the garden is from its higher part, from the Old Castle stairs.

The complete info on Velka Fürstenberska Zahrada here

Zimbambwian sculptor in action in Prague

Zimbabwian sculptor Lovemora Bonjisi in Prague Prague hosts one of the most talented artists from Zimbabwe who is called, at his age of 22, the Michalangelo of Africa. Lovemore Bonjisi came to Prague to present his statues and to create one statue in front of the visitors of Botanical Garden in Prague-Troja.

Anybody who comes to Botanical Gardens from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th August (12:00 – 18:00) and from Wednesday 29th August to 2nd September can see him working on his new statue.

Czech Radio Leonardo has prepare a special multimedia internet broadcast showing how the stone changes its shape into art. You can watch it at www.rozhlas.cz/socha. Lovemore Bonjisi statues are part of the exhibition The Statue of Zimbabwe that shows about 150 statues in the outdoor exhibition area of the Botanical Garden. The exhibition will take until 16th September (daily 9:00 – 19:00).

Fata Morgana greenhouse will be closed for 12 days

Popular greenhouse Fata Morgana in Prague’s Botanical Garden in Troja will be closed for 12 days due to the large maintenance of plants and the technical equipment.

The closure is planned from 20th August to 31st August 2007. The greenhouse will be open on 1st September at 9:00 again. A new exhibition of carnivorous plants in the Fata Morgana greenhouse will launch on 4th September 2007 (displayed until 16th September 2007).

Until 19th August included you can still visit the exhibition showing large-format photographs of botanical gardens in the world.

Unique exhibition of lilies in Prague Botanical Garden

Lily A unique and probably the largest collection of lilies in the Czech Republic can be seen in Prague Botanical Garden in Prague-Troja these days. Over 2,000 flowers and more than 200 cultivated species of lily are displayed until 22nd July.

Lilies, flowers with very typical scent, has been growing in Troja since 1973. If you want to learn more about the arrangement of lilies, visit the Botanical Garden on Saturday 14th July. The flowers arranged that day will be on sale immediately after the presentation.

The exhibition is open daily between 9:00 and 19:00. Guided tours will be available for Czech language speakers on 3rd, 4th, 12th and 13th July 2007.

Japanese bonsai in the Prague Botanical Garden

If you are interested in Japanese culture, you can visit the Botanical Garden in Prague between 12th and 20th May 2007. There will be an exhibition of bonsai of important Czech and foreign growers. The exhibition will be accompanied by various program, introducing Japanese traditions and culture.

The exhibition is organized on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Japanese garden in the Prague Botanical Garden. You can also see stones suiseki there.

The accompanying program will include for example: a performance of the traditional Taiji exercising, Japanese music, arranging ikebana, preparing sushi and more.

The exhibition will take place in the Japanese garden, every day between 9 am and 7 pm. You can also buy a bonsai there. The Botanical Garden in Troja district is situated in Nadvorni Street 134, Prague 7. You can go to the metro station Nadrazi Holesovice, then by bus 112 to the stop “Zoologicka zahrada” or “Botanicka zahrada Troja”. Then just follow the signs, it will take 5 minutes on foot.

Exhibition of exotic butterflies in Prague's Botanical Garden

Caterpillars are now developing into exotic butterflies that will be the gems of a new exhibition in the Botanical Garden in Prague-Troja. This annual exhibition, which is visited by thousands of people every year, will be held from 7th to 29th April 2007.

In May this exhibition will be followed by another exhibition of butterflies, but of those living in the central Europe. A part of the exhibition will be in Botanical Garden, the other in nearby Troja Chateau. Botanical Garden will also display collection of bonsai in May.

Prague’s Botanical Garden also prepares an exhibition of African statues. The exhibition will start on 20th June and will finish in August. People can look forward to an African sculptor who will be creating a statue right in the Botanical Garden.

'The wood of deserts' exhibition in Prague Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden in Prague opens an interesting exhibition of photographs (and many artifacts) of trees that grow in one of the most hostile environment – deserts.

Czech expedition travelled to China, Syria, Jordan, Morocco, and North America and made there a series of photographs of trees that are able to survive high temperature and minimum of water. Visitors can also admire rock wood that are very special for those countries and climate conditions.

The exhibition is held from 10th to 25th March 2007. The photographs and artifacts are displayed in the Open Air Exhibition Hall daily from 9:00 to 17:00.

Fata Morgana is closed this week

The greenhouse Fata Morgana in Botanical Garden in Prague-Troja hosted a very popular exhibition of orchids that finished yesterday. The exhibition was visited by more than 17.000 people. Mata Morgana is now closed to the public.

The greenhouse will be closed till this Friday, 2nd March, due to regular maintenance. The workers of Botanical Garden prepare the greenhouse for the summer season that starts on 1st April.

Nevertheless, visitors of Botanical Garden in Prague can see all outdoor displays for free until 1st April. Soon they can visit exhibitions The Wood of the Deserts, that will be held from 10th to 25th March in Fata Morgana, and an exhibition of exotic butterflies from 7th to 29th April.

Palm Days in Prague's Botanical Garden

Prague’s Botanical Garden offers these days a unique European collection of palm and cycads. About 70 kinds of palms and 20 kinds of cycads are exhibited on the terrace of the greenhouse Fata Morgana.

Visitors may learn the main difference between these two plants, watch pictures of many other palms on the walls of the greenhouse of buy seeds to plant their own palms and cycads.

The Botanical Garden also holds an exhibition of bags, handbags and bins made of plant materials. More then 80 exhibits are displayed in the exhibition hall of open air exposition.

Both exhibitions are open until 4th February. The greenhouse Fata Morgana is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 16:00. The open air exposition is open daily from 9:00 to 16:00.

Exotic fruits and carnival costumes in Prague Botanical Garden

Do you want to see the biggest fruit in the world or the most stinking one? Visit these days the Botanical Garden in Prague’s Troja. The exhibition of the exotic fruits of various shapes and colours can be seen in the entrance hall of Fata Morgana greenhouse until 21st December. It is open every day (except Monday) from 9:00 to 16:00.

The exhibition will introduce more then 50 kinds of tropical and subtropical fruits. You can see fruits 1 meter long and half a meter wide. This fruit that can weight 25 kilograms comes from a breadfruit tree.

Besides the fruits you can also see an exhibition of pictures made during the expeditions of Botanical Garden. In the areal of Botanical Garden you can also visit the exhibition of carnival costumes and old Czech traditions, that were followed at the beginning of December, called Od Barbory k masopustu.

Gingerbread Days exhibition

Gingerbread is in many families in the Czech Republic connected with Christmas and has a long tradition. If you want to learn more about history and „know-how“ of delicious gingerbread, visit these days Botanical garden in Troja.

You can buy traditional Czech gingerbread but you can also try to make it yourself – roll the dough, put it into the oven and decorate it. You can also learn about history and progress of gingerbread and baking forms from the 17th century.

The exhibition Gingerbread Days starts today and lasts until Sunday. The Botanical garden is open from 9:00 to 16:00. When you are in Botanical garden you can also visit an exhibition of succulents in Fata Morgana greenhouse.