Japanese garden in the Botanical Garden
In 1986 the landscape exposition “Japanese garden” was opened on the territory of the Main Botanic Garden. Among the participants of the project were specialists from Japan – the landscape designer Nakajima, the architect Adachi and the construction company Watan-be-Tomi. The project was financially supported by the Embassy of Japan in Russia.
The result of the innovation in the botanical complex exceeded all expectations, now you can get acquainted with the Japanese view on the beauty of nature in Russia. On the Moscow ground the botanical complex got a real corner of Japan with a huge number of small waterfalls, ponds with islands. There are pavilions in Japanese architectural style, stone lanterns and many-tier pagodas – it gives people, regardless of their nationality, the feeling that you can find harmony between nature and human activity. This sensible idea necessarily appears after visiting even a small, real Japanese garden.
And in Moscow the botanical area decorated by the Japanese is simply huge. The laconic and seemingly simple structure of the green area, in fact, is not easy to achieve. The botanical exposition features more than a hundred species of various plants: the world-famous sakura, mono maple, rhododendron, David’s elm and other plants.
Many Muscovites ask the question, when is the best time to visit a Japanese garden to feel all its beauty? Every Japanese knows that a good park is charming at any time of the year in the morning, afternoon and evening. In March, spring’s yellow forsythia and bluish brunettes begin to bloom. In April and May, everyone wants to admire the famous blooming sakura, which has become a symbol of Japan. As it begins to bloom, rhododendrons and apricots come into bloom.
In early summer, the familiar and Russian irises bloom, followed by the baton of blooming passes to the silver lavender and pink flowers spirea. Till late autumn the blossoming petals of the Kuril tea, resembling small golden coins, decorate the green bushes.
Late autumn not only doesn’t diminish the charm, many believe that the place becomes even more piercing and beautiful. The leaves of the maples are covered in autumn scarlet, and the crimson rhododendrons create the ghostly illusion of blooming again. In winter, the Japanese park is wistfully deserted and gently whitewashed with white snow colors. Every Japanese garden is sure to have a special lantern designed for leisurely admiration of the snow.
The Japanese believe that nature has the answers to all of life’s questions. In order to solve any problem or just to relax, it is worth to come, to reflect, to look at plants, stones and water, which have power, unexplored by man until the end. Everyone who is interested in the traditions of Japan, those who want to better understand this original people with a difficult history and their own view of the world, should definitely come to the Botanical Garden, to its exhibition “Japanese Garden”.
When is the cherry blossom in the Japanese Garden
The sakura blooms from May 3-7, give or take a couple of days depending on the weather.
How to get there
From metro station Vladykino a couple of minutes walk to the entrance to the Botanical Garden, then walk along the main avenue to the T-junction (25 minutes walk). There you will see a sign, turn left and walk about 300 meters.
- Fri, Wed, Thu. – from 12:00 to 19:00
- Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 12:00 to 20:0
- Mon and Thurs. – sanitary days
The garden is open from April 25 to October 15. It is open every day during the blossoming period without holidays and sanitary days.