Katrin Mäeots
Green museum

Botanical Garden of the University of Tartu

An abundant oasis in the middle of the city

In Estonia’s oldest botanical garden, the botanical garden of the University of Tartu, more than 11,000 taxa and varieties of plants can be found. For more than two centuries, scientists, curators, and gardeners have created a plant treasury, the beauty and diversity of which can be enjoyed and explored by anyone.

Here, the visitor can walk for a short time through different parts of the world and various natural habitats of Estonia. Curious visitors can learn about different plants and ways to protect them. Equally important is the role of the botanical garden as a wonderful oasis inside an urban environment. It is enjoyed not only by humans but also by birds, insects, and other creatures.

In the greenhouses, you can find plants from the tropics and subtropics. The collections located in the open field mainly focus on plants growing in the temperate zone. Several plants that are under protection in Estonia are also represented in the open field collections.

Today, when nature conservation is important in all areas of life and affects everyone, the need for scientific plant collections is increasing rapidly and their importance is only becoming that much greater.