James borrell is a conservation scientist and science communicator, with a particular interest in how species adapt to changing climate.

Tbilisi Botanic Gardens


Tbilisi Botanic Gardens

Tucked away in the gorge behind the imposing Narikala fortress, is a remarkable hidden gem. Away from the main tourist streets, is the old royal gardens that have been here almost 400 years.

More than 4000 species in a landscape of sheer cliffs and stunning waterfalls. All in the shadow of the Narikala’s ancient buttresses. Wander off on one of the many paths that snake through the collections and you might think you have the gardens entirely to yourself!

When we visited in September we were lucky enough to get a quick look inside the greenhouses, where many of the plants are grown. They’re a bit short of space, so hundreds of plants of every sort imaginable are crammed into every concievable space, all vying for sunlight.

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