ASTANA – The construction of the botanic garden along Kabanbai Batyr Avenue will be completed in December, according to the city akimat (administration) press service. The garden will be open to the public throughout the year.
“The arboretum will be spread over a hundred hectares on the left bank of the city. Visitors will find an indoor greenhouse, artificial pond, running and cycling paths there. Exotic plants and about 55 species of palm trees will appear in the greenhouse. Another 600 species of trees that never grew in Kazakhstan will be brought from Europe,” said Astana-Zelenstroi Deputy Chairperson in charge of production Bibigul Bektemisova.
The administration of botanic garden plans to plant approximately 35,000 trees until the end of the year, added Bektemisova.
The botanic garden will also become a scientific laboratory, where educational, environmental activities and experiments on the cultivation and maintenance of new species of trees and shrubs in the climatic conditions of Astana will be held.
The energy supply of botanic garden greenhouse will be produced by innovative technologies with air humidity regulation.
Alleys, zones of water devices, public parking and catering facilities will be provided for the convenience of guests. The designers of botanic garden wanted to make not just a place of demonstration plants and scientific works, but also a unique natural complex based on a principle of unity with nature. Their idea reflects the interdependence of living creatures and the environment.
The conditions of the natural habitat will be recreated for plants. As for visitors, they will be in the habitat of plants that copies the natural environment. The formation of artificial relief will be used to transform inconvenient territories in all climatic zones of the Botanic Garden.
A working group monitored in February the growing and keeping tropical and subtropical plants in the climatic conditions of Kazakhstan in the Petropavlovsk Botanical Garden . Ravil Ryazapov, the honoured agronomist of Kazakhstan, professor and the creator of greenhouse in Petropavlovsk, was invited to help as an expert and scientific consultant.
“The exposition of the Petropavlovsk Botanical Garden surprised the representatives of the working group and we were asked how we managed to save plants in the conditions of northern Kazakhstan,” said Ryazapov, according to pkzsk.info.