Apothecaries' Garden

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This is an idyllic park with rare plants, "behaving" strollers, secluded vistas and Golden Carp ponds. The Apothecaries' Garden was founded in 1706 to the order of Peter I, in order to grow medicinal herbs for court physicians. Medicine and botany students started coming here to learn after the patch became property of Lomonosov Moscow State University in the 19th century. Nothing has really changed in the 300 plus years, except that potions are no longer prepared from the plants that grow here. The same rare herbs grow here that grew here three centuries ago, marked with little plaques in Latin. Something blooms and exudes fragrances here at almost any time of the year. Phloxes blossom in July, drawing crowds, starworts in September, and in spring a festival of greenhouse plants is held. The Apothecaries' Garden posts daily updates on its website about plants in bloom and plants on the wane.