Masaryk University Botanic Garden – Escape the City Without Actually Leaving

Greenhouses as seen from the garden
Greenhouses as seen from the garden

A Place to Slow Down a Bit

Brno is neither the biggest nor busiest city you could visit, but it is still a city and even calm cities have a way of stressing people. You can’t always leave the city whenever you want so it’s good when a city provides places within its limits for people to go and relax for a while.

Brno offers several parks and other places to take time out in; the botanic garden operated by Masaryk University’s faculty of science is a very accessible and cost effective place to get away that is quite close to the centre.

Easy to Miss, but You Really Shouldn’t

Cactus display in the greenhouse
Cactus display in the greenhouse

Located at the junction of Veveří and Kotlárska streets behind an unassuming wood lattice fence, you could be forgiven for not noticing the garden at all if you weren’t looking specifically for it and that would be a pity.

The garden can be entered from one of two gates in the fence, there is a tram stop directly in front of the gate on the Veveří street side of the garden, and the outdoor section of the facility is free of charge to enter and walk around in while the greenhouses can be entered for a very modest fee.

Frog fountain spitting out over a lily pond
Frog fountain spitting out over a lily pond

As the garden is a place of education before anything else, everything is well organised and labeled in both the outdoor and indoor sections. So, if you’re a fan of plants and gardening you won’t be left wondering what specifically you’re looking at.

While the garden is modest in size, it is thoughtfully laid out and shows a good variety of specimens. Outside the permanent displays, the greenhouse hosts a rotating series of exhibits that have included displays of orchids, bonsai and carnivorous plants among others.

Pond lilies fill the pool.
Pond lilies fill the pool.

Further Information

Whether you are a long term or short term visitor to Brno, the botanic garden will give you a place to escape and recharge yourself.

This link will take you to the botanic garden website:

http://www.sci.muni.cz/bot_zahr/index_en.cz.htm

 

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