The Winter Garden in Brest
Galleries, exhibition halls
Brest Winter Garden was opened on December 1, 2010. Originally, that favourite place of the residents of Brest was an educational complex and belonged to Brest State University named after A. S. Pushkin.
Classes are held in the Winter garden today. There is a greenhouse, open for tourists, and also a lecture room inside the complex. Employees of the attraction are happy to conduct tours inside the Winter Garden, tell about rare plants and share stories about some of them.
The expositions of the Winter Garden
Nowadays the Winter Garden includes three expositions. They are arranged in such a way that first visitors go to the tropics, then subtropics and later desert zone (stony, sandy, rocky).
There are more than 240 species of plants in the tropical zone. Entering this territory you seem to plunge into the world of an impenetrable jungle. It is possible to see here the highest grass in the world – a banana, to see how preserved the most ancient plants – ferns, which are more than 20 species in the greenhouse. Here tourists can also see amazing plants growing mainly in the tropics: Ficus elastic, orchids, Arabian coffee, Araucaria heterophyllous, anthuriums and many others.
The subtropical exposition is also divided into three parts. Large groups of plants are presented with fruit, decorative and medicinal plants. Everything is more grouped here: dry subtropical plants grow separately from the wet. The exhibition presents variety of pomegranates, oranges, feijoa, lavender, tangerines, hibiscuses, rosemary, pelargonium and many other exotic plants.
The desert exposition is not numerous, because very few plants grow in deserts in the world. Basically, it is those plants which provide themselves with water, the succulents. There are a large number of cacti, American and hairy agaves, aloe and many plants growing in deserts.
The building of the Winter Garden
The building of Brest Winter Garden is domelike. While constructing the greenhouse, engineers managed to combine metal, brick and glass. The project of the building was designed by two people: the engineer A. Kachurovsky and the architect T. Moroz.
A special pride of the construction is a stained glass window made in the shape of a flower. It decorates the main facade of the greenhouse as a symbol of belonging the building to the world of flora. This stained glass window is a kind of trademark of Brest Winter Garden.
The greenhouse is located in an interesting place. It borders the building of the pedagogical University to the left, which is also an architectural monument, and the Church of St. Nicholas is opposite the Winter Garden. The railway station is not far from the greenhouse so that it is easy to get to the attraction on foot.
Employees of the greenhouse are happy to see numerous tourists every day. Many groups of people can receive discounts to pay for the tickets at the entrance.