Botanical Gardens

sights / Parks & gardens

Botanical Gardens information

St Petersburg , Russia
Address
Street ul Professora Popova 2
Telephone
+7 812 234 0673
Getting there
metro Petrogradskaya
Prices
grounds R50, all greenhouses R150
Opening hours
10am-6pm May-Oct, 11am-4pm Sat-Thu Nov-Apr
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Lonely Planet review

Once the second-biggest botanical gardens in the world, behind London’s Kew Gardens, the botanical gardens contains giant dilapidated greenhouses on a 22-hectare site and, although very much faded since its glory days, it’s still a pleasant place to stroll. A highlight is the ‘tsaritsa nochi’ (Selenicereus pteranthus), a flowering cactus that blossoms only one night a year, usually in mid-June, when the gardens stay open all night for visitors to gawk at the marvel.