Moscow is capable of catapulting you into summer at any moment. We have selected for you the city's major sites with a tropical feel.
Aptekarsky Ogorod isn't just a spot for a walk among exotic plants—in one of the park's greenhouses, you can also enjoy a theatrical performance. The theater of the Commonwealth of Drama Artists (in Russian, its abbreviation, S.A.D., means "garden") gathers performers from Moscow's major theaters, and the plants are used as natural stage decor.
Aptekarsky Ogorod's tropical plants can be found in two greenhouses—the Palm and the Victorian Orangeries. The Palm Orangery was built in 1891, and many of its plants are over a century old. Here, all year round you can see banana plants, sprawling palms, and lianas, as well as a unique swamp with predatory plants. The Victorian Orangery is filled with giant lilies with two-meter floating leaves, tropical cacti, and fruit trees like guava and papaya.
The Botanical Garden's largest collection of exotic plants can be found in the Fondovaya Orangery; here, tropical and subtropical plants enjoy natural conditions and high humidity. The new orangery opened after reconstruction just three years ago, so now the plants only occupy a part of the space, but soon they'll grow into a full-fledged equatorial forest. The highlights of the greenhouse are the African pelargoniums and various species of azaleas.
The Tsaritsyno Orangeries are more than 250 years old: the first exotic plants were brought here under Catherine II. Today, the park has three buildings with unusual vegetation, two greenhouses serving as home to Chinese hibiscus and spice crops, and the Grape Orangery, which offers a chance to see tropical flora. Thanks to a renovation, the exterior of the building has been returned to its historical appearance, and inside, you can find agaves, cacti, blooming citrus trees, and grapevines bearing fruit.
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