Botanical Garden of Montevideo
Botanical Garden of Montevideo, all the details for you to know and enjoy the only botanical garden in Uruguay.
With a total of 132,500 m2, it is the first and only botanical garden in the entire country. It was inaugurated in 1902 and its full name is Museum and Botanical Garden “Prof. Atilio Lombardo”. Don’t worry, it is popularly known as the Botanic Garden.
In this place, you will find an exhibition of flora from different geographical areas of the world, as well as an extensive sample of plants from dry places, shade plants and aquatic plants.
It is located in the Prado neighborhood, in the city of Montevideo, with easy access so you can enjoy a beautiful walk through its interior. It was designed entirely by Carlos Racine, a French landscape architect.
In addition to being a public access Garden, it functions as a training and information center on botany, as well as being the center of different scientific activities. Its premise is to promote the appreciation and knowledge of native plants of the country, as well as of other regions of the planet. The main objective is to spread the knowledge of botany and related sciences, making them more accessible to all audiences.
It has a herbarium, which is visited by researchers from all over the world, since it has 1000 taxon (population of organisms) with countless varieties of plants. Here, dry samples of cultivated and wild species are located, ordered and classified by families, according to the scientific norms that govern it. It was Professor Atilio Lombardo who increased and organized the herbarium of this place. In turn, he was director of the Botanical Garden from 1940 to 1973.
In its central building, the Botanical Museum is located, which functions as a documentary complement to study the garden. In it, you will find certain didactic panels with illustrations of the different aspects of plant physiology, as well as a complete and specialized library with publications and reference works.
Also, the Botanical Garden of Montevideo has a greenhouse, which is currently closed for maintenance. In turn, the Garden offers different activities throughout the year for the public that visits it, such as delivery of seeds, gastronomic fairs, training workshops on native flora and gardening, guided tours for schools, an aerobic circuit, courses and talks on botany, among others. The enjoyment is for all ages!
Its opening hours are from Monday to Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (entrance is allowed until 6:45 p.m.). The Museum is open from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free for all public.
In the case of wanting to acquire seeds, you can do it from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Here is their website for more information.
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