Our final adventure in Georgia was a trip to Batumi, a town on the shores of the Black Sea. The climate in Batumi is sub-tropical and this makes the region an excellent place to grow a variety of plants. As a result, Batumi is home to a fantastic Botanical Garden with an impressive diversity of plants from around the world. We had a chance to tour the Garden with it's chief specialist, Dr. Davit Kharazishvili. In addition, we took some time at the Garden's herbarium to look through collections of Camelina. All-in-all the two days we spent in Batumi were a great way to end our exploration of Georgia.
In the center of Batumi is a statue to Medea from the famous Greek myth of Jason and the Argonauts. Medea is holding the golden fleece. Jason is believed to have been from the region where Batumi now stands.
The Batumi Botanical Garden's park map detailing the many different geographies and regions represented.
A view from the Batumi Botanical Gardens overlooking the Black Sea.
Cleome is a common decorative garden plant belonging to the family Cleomaceae. This family is sister to Brassicaceae.
The main administrative building of the Botanical Garden. The house once belonged to a wealthy local businessman, but was seized by the Soviets following the revolution. Around 1914, the time the Garden was being erected, the government gave the building to be used by the Garden.
Dr. Davit Kharazishvili, Mark, and Jordan pose for a picture in the Garden.
Mark walks across an astonishing living bridge (Liriodendron tulipifera). The original tree fell during a wind storm, but was left because it created a bridge across the small gorge. Later the tree sprouted new shoots. Today it is one of the main attractions for visitors to the Garden.