Tallinn Botanic Garden to become the Embassy of the Plant Kingdom again, January dedicated to Australia
In December Tallinn Botanic Garden celebrated its 60th anniversary. For the anniversary year the Botanic Garden became the Embassy of the Plant Kingdom, offering foreign embassies represented in Estonia the opportunity to acquaint visitors of the Botanic Garden with their respective countries, their nature and culture. The project will run until the end of 2022.
In the first half of 2022 the participants are as follows: Australia (January), Spain (February), Ireland (March), Greece (April), Great Britain (May) and Denmark (June).
On January 15, 22 and 29 visitors will be able to join guided tours to the Australian endemics presented in the Tallinn Botanic Garden. Tours start at 12:00 and are led by botanist Urmas Laansoo. It will also be possible to see information plates regarding specific plants.
Tours introducing the plants of the country of the month will take place on Saturdays also after the end of January, and the plants will be marked with interesting information materials prepared by Urmas Laansoo.
The Palm House will host exhibitions every month. In January, visitors are able to see an exhibition of the Australian Embassy, which will feature works of artists who use tree bark as a canvas. This exhibition presents works from the period between 1963 and 1984, by artists born before settler society encroached on their lands and cultures. These male artists were ritual leaders, statesmen and cultural advocates who had the traditional responsibility for painting. Their works bring Aboriginal art, one of the oldest continuing art traditions, into a new era to establish its place in the art world.
The biggest events of 2022 at Tallinn Botanic Garden include the orchid exhibition in March, the exhibition of Saintpaulias in May and the tomato festival in August. Throughout the year the Botanic Garden also hosts numerous workshops and themed days. Due to the renewal of the rosary, the traditionally popular Rose Days will not take place this year, but the Botanic Garden offers those interested to take part in developing a new look for the rosary.
Other construction works are also underway in Tallinn Botanic Garden or have already been completed – they will transform the Botanic Garden and turn it into an even more exciting place to visit. In May, for example, the renovated Palm House was opened, and at the end of last year, the construction of a new utility building was completed. The alpine garden also received a new look – its grand opening will take place this summer.
Tallinn Botanic Garden was founded on December 1, 1961, as an institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Estonian SSR. Collections that have
been replenished over 60 years, as well as open-air and greenhouse expositions are unique for Estonia and have no equivalents in our country in terms of the number of species. In total, the Tallinn Botanic Garden has over 8000 taxa and varieties. Visitors to Tallinn Botanic Garden have an opportunity to discover the beauty and richness of the plant kingdom every day, seven days a week, from 11:00 to 16:00.