New Botanical Garden to Beautify Astana by 2017

ASTANA – President Nursultan Nazarbayev recently approved plans to build a new botanical garden and park on the Left Bank. Construction on the project is set to begin by the third quarter of this year.

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The new picturesque botanic garden is going to be constructed on the left bank of the Yessil River.

The garden and park will be located between Prospect Kabanbai Batyr, streets number 24 and 26, and Turkestan Avenue. It will include six sections.

The complex is being built by the LLC Keremet-Invest and is being paid for by the corporate fund Nurly Astana. The project is being designed by well-known Italian architect Abellonio Pierandrea and eminent French landscape designer Jean Musy.

The sight is to become a leading research, cultural, educational and environmental centre. One of the major design and planning ideas of the project is to place in the garden eight large, clear greenhouses of various sizes connected by covered walkways and expositions of useful plants. The indoor pavilions will have geographical and climatic conditions corresponding to a certain zone on Earth and offer seasonal simulations of climatic zones and their corresponding plants.

“Each greenhouse with regularly maintained temperature will have its ideological content and sonorous name (such as) butterfly pavilion, orchid garden and cactus house,” said Gulnur Kartkozhina, chief specialist of the municipal Department of Energy and Utilities. “Moreover, useful plants, a rockery and flower plantations between the hemispheres will be included in the design. In addition, of course, infrastructure (such as) restaurants, outdoor cafes, shops, etc., will be built for visitors.”

Moreover, guests will be able to tour the botanical garden in rented electric vehicles that will follow a loop around the entire territory. Thus, visitors will be able to see all four landscaped groups of Kazakhstan’s nature – the steppe, forest-steppe, desert and semi-desert, – in one visit. A big part of the garden’s territory is allocated for water reservoirs and various types of ground surfaces, such as gravel, sand and artificial grass. And hundreds of thousands of trees, shrubs and flowers will decorate the garden.

The garden will also be equipped with the latest energy conservation technology, including solar trees.

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