Botanical Garden of Klaipėda University

The Botanical Garden of Klaipeda University (KU) is situated in the northern part of the city of Klaipeda, in the valley of the Dane River. In general, the width of the area is 9.3 hectares. This territory is important by its historical past. In June 1802, an important event occurred at the Estate near this territory. Here, the well-known Prussian king, Frederic Wilhelm III, and his wife Louise, had a meeting with the Russian emperor, Alexander I. Thus occurred the first Prussian and Russian monarchs’ meeting, since the time of Frederic I and Peter-the-Great.  As a tribute to this long friendship, born right here, between two monarchs, there was established a park for remembrance. Now, there are situated a Botanical Garden.
Since the establishment of the Botanical Garden in 1993, ornamental and other valuable plants are collected. They are exhibited in three collections: dendrological, medicinal and spice plants, and herbaceous ornamental plants (perennial and annual flowers).  A rock garden was established for trees and shrubs, and propagation of flowers. There are about three thousand (3,000) taxa in the living plant collections.

Botanical Garden of Klaipėda University (KU) is located in former Royal Park of Tauralaukis. On June 1802, the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III with his wife Louise met Russian Emperor Alexander I in the manor of Tauralaukis. It was the first and very important meeting between Prussian and Russian monarchs since Friedrich I’s and Peter the Great’s reign. Klaipėda became known as the city of Royal meeting and gained the honour and trust of others. Historians are unanimous of the statement that no other royal meeting was so long-lasting and influential as the Prussian and Russian rulers meeting in Klaipėda. This friendship also had an impact on the victory over Napoleon. In memory of the long friendship between two monarchs, that started here, in Klaipėda, there were planted many trees and the place was turned into park. Its paths were planned freely, in quirky lines, imitating English style. There grew oaks, lindens, Platanes, Eastern West pines, chestnuts and around the circular flower garden, being near the central manor building, were decorative shrubs.
In later times, Wilhelm III’s and Louise’s children and other heirs of throne were often guests of Klaipėda and Royal Park of Tauralaukis.


Foundation
After the establishment of University of Klaipėda (1991) and the formation of biology, ecology and recreation programmes, there was the necessity to create a place of study and research for students and teachers of these as well as of other specialities.  For this reason, University of Klaipėda established Botanical Garden in 1993.  The initiator and first director of Garden was Professor A. M. Olšauskas.
When Botanical Garden started to work, individual plant collectors and Botanical Gardens of Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas and Vilnius University gave coniferous trees and shrubs, as well as seedlings of green cuttings to Klaipėda. Currently KU Botanical Garden cooperates with Lithuania’s and other world’s botanical gardens and arboretums (~100), carries the exchange of seeds and green cuttings, and stores grown seeds fond. For this reason, the plant collections are constantly being replenished by new plants.
Decorative and other economically valuable plants are collected and exhibited in four collections: dendrological (coniferous and deciduous plants), medicinal and aromatic plants, herbaceous decorative plants, roses. Visitors are also invited to look over the developed coastal dune plants and bulbous plant collections, vining plants exposition and ethnographic flower garden. For the propagation of flowers, trees and shrubs, workers arranged the arboretum, renovated the main viewing platform and built suspended bridge.
Currently, Botanical Garden of KU exhibits about 3349 plants of taxa (according to 31/12/2014). Integrity and maturity for the composition of the introduced flora is provided by natural vegetation – there naturally grows more than 250 species of plants. Most of them - herbaceous plants, and in the diversity of woody plants mostly common are ordinary maples (Acer platanoides), black alders (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertn.), alders (Alnus incana (L.) Moench), ordinary and late lindens (Prunus soles, Prunus Serotina Ehrh.), European spindle trees (Euonymus europaeus L.).


Heritage
This locality is famous by its historical past. In 1802, in the former estate, being near the Botanical Garden, met Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III with his wife Louise and Russian Emperor Alexander I.   

 

Services:

  • Wholesale and retail sale of decorative plants.
  • Consultations about decorative plants growing, landscape arrangement, planting.
  • Consultations about medicinal plants growing and gathering of medicinal material.
  • Guided tours in the Botanical Garden (booking beforehand).

 

Ticket price:

Adult 2,00€
Students, seniors 0,80€
Children up to 7 year - free
 
April 15th. – October 31st.
I-VII 8.00 – 20.00
November 1st. – April 14th
I-VII 8.00 – 17.00 val.

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