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LU Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens of the University of Latvia (LU) are flowering and verdant all year round, always presenting something fascinating to amateur gardeners, people interested in botany, and those who just want to spend time among greenery, learning many new things.
The lush azaleas are in bloom February-April, the magnificent magnolias in spring, rhododendrons look like colorful snowdrifts when they are full at the beginning of summer, roses and peonies follow in the heat of the summer and dahlias in autumn.
Exotic tropical climate and the flaps of butterfly wings can be experienced at Tropical House from March to October.
The Botanical Gardens’s collection is rich and meticulously created – the greenhouses and open-air collections comprise about 6,000 plant species. This is one of the most popular places for free time in Riga, where visitors take in the richness of flora and learn about plants from across the world.
What to see at the Botanical Gardens
- Inhabitants of the only Tropical Butterfly House in the Baltics from South America, Asia and African jungle;
- Lush plant houses and plant species growing in subtropics, tropics and semi-deserts, as well as the largest azalea collection in Latvia;
- Rich collection of caulescent plants featuring wintergreens, lilies, dahlias and other decorative plants;
- Arboretum with tree species uncharacteristic of Latvia – witch hazels, cedars, walnut trees, gingko, cork oaks, and chestnut trees, among others;
- Collection of healing herbs which includes plants whose medical properties have been scientifically proven and plants used in popular medicine;
- Exhibit of poisonous plants;
- Collection of protected plants included in Latvia’s Red Book, and the appendix on the conservation of nature and natural resources of the 1973 Washington Convention;
- Botanical Gardens’s latest garden collection of wetland plants;
- Various mosses, lichens and mushrooms.
Also visit the Wolfschmidt Manor House, a wooden classicism style building constructed before 1824.
The Botanical Gardens, which occupies a 15-hectare large territory, maintains documented plant collections which are used for scientific research, conservation, demonstration and educational purposes.