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The park sloping down the mountain to the sea was laid out in the late nineteenth century by a rich businessman, publisher, ballet historian and writer, Sergey Khudekov. Over the last hundred years or so, the park has developed into one of the lushest arboretums in the world – the luxurious plants evoke the sensation of a magic forest. To make sure you see everything, it is a good idea to buy a map when you purchase your ticket. In the Lower Park, there is a rose garden with 140 varieties of rose, a bamboo grove, a pond with swans and pelicans, and nutrias and squirrels running along the alleys.

Behind Kurortny Prospect is the entrance to the Upper Park, which is much larger. Among the palms, cherry blossoms, cypresses and sequoias, fountains, artificial caverns, arbours and greenhouses have been constructed. Throughout the park you will find panels displaying QR codes. Using a special app on your smartphone, these codes will help you to discover lots of interesting facts about nearly every tree and flower in the Arboretum.

A rope-way runs between the Lower Park and the Upper Park, and in the vicinity of the upper station there is a viewing platform overlooking the sea.

Exhibition hall of the Greenhouse: Tue-Thu, Sat-Sun 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Flower pavilion: Mon-Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.