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Botanical Garden in Balchik

The tulip parade enjoys the visitors of the Botanical Garden in Balchik

The tulips paradise in the Botanical Garden in Balchik is in full heat and can be seen in its full splendor at the end of April and the beginning of May.

More than 50 000 tulips adorn the Botanical Garden in Balchik this spring. The botanical garden with its park is a part of the Balchik palace. The architectural and park complex "Palace" is located about 2 km southwest of the town of Balchik, Dobrich district. It is a complex of villas and other buildings situated on the Black Sea coast. The complex is one of the main sights of the Northern Black Sea coast and is included in the hundred national tourist sites. Part of the park has become a scientific botanical garden.

The Botanical Garden in Balchik was established in 1955 on the territory of the park in the former summer residence of the Romanian Queen Mary. Today, it occupies an area of about 65 acres and has the second largest collection of large-sized cactuses in Europe after Monaco. The intriguing story combined with the magnificent landscape architecture makes the place unique as a spirit and atmosphere.

The collection of plant species from around the world is located on an area of 16 acres. The number of plant species grown in the garden exceeds 2 500, belonging to 85 families and 800 genera. Flower paradise includes plants of all sizes and colors. Visitors to the Botanical Garden also enjoy other spring plants, including daffodils, 12 kinds of hyacinths, violets, forbidden. In the summer, new begonias, taggies, saliva will be accentuated. Seedlings from different herbs are prepared for Enyovden, they will be placed in the herb garden and the healing plant sector.

One of the biggest attractions is the collection of giant cacti, growing in the open from April to October. The entire collection of cacti and succulents is about 3900 species.

Particularly interesting with its impressive size is Agave American. Even more heavy are the opuntia - they reach 500-700 kg. and 3 meters tall. The architecture of the palace is mixture of Old Bulgarian, Gothic, Oriental, Moorish elements. The complex also includes ancillary buildings and a number of villas. The courtyard features the "Stella Maris "chapel.

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