Going along the “Health Track” in the direction of Arcadia and go up in the area of the sanatorium named by V.P. Chkalov, you will get to another monument of landscape art – Odessa Botanical Garden. This is not only beautiful and unusual trees, but also a research center for plant acclimatization, which is rarely found in our area.
The first botanical garden was opened under Count A.F. Langeron in 1819. In those days it was located in the area of the Lermontov sanatorium. After the university was founded in 1865, it was decided to create an institution at its base that would put the cultivation of trees and other plants in our region on a scientific basis. The garden was created two years after the opening of the university. Today it is the courtyard of ONU I.I. Mechnikova, located between Pastera str. and Elisavetinskaya str. The garden, like the university, developed rapidly and gradually there was little space for tree cultivation. 13 years after opening, the Botanical Garden was removed to Malofontanskie farms, modern address: French Boulevard 87.
In the mid-90s of the XIX century, the garden wanted to close. Was created a special commission, which sharply condemned this idea. Then the institution was the only research center of botany in the northern Black Sea region. The garden fell into decay in the early 1920s. This was due to the closure of the university as a relic of the bourgeois past. However, in 1923, the garden earned again. Imagine, a year later, the botanical garden restored connections with other gardens of the world! During the war and the occupation of the city, the garden again fell into disrepair. Most of the plants were destroyed.
In 1948, begins the new life of the botanical garden. Then it gets his third address: French Boulevard 48-50. 15 years after his rebirth, he was granted the status of a monument of landscape architecture.
Today, at its base, students of biology are trained not only in Odessa, but also Nikolaev, Kherson. The botanical garden is visited by more than 10,000 tourists annually. The garden named after academician V.I. Liebsky. Imagine how many impressions you can get by visiting the garden in the spring and summer, when everything is blooming and fragrant, plants are pleasing to the eye with bright colors.