8 Picturesque Botanical Gardens

Discover Turkey and see great arboretums

Turkey's Most Beautiful Arboretums

Arboretums are large public gardens where many different types of trees, flowers and plants are grown for scientific study. Here are 8 of Turkey's most beautiful and modern botanical gardens to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life.

Istanbul University Botanical Garden

Founded in 1935 by famous botanists Prof. Dr. Alfred Heilbronn and Prof. Dr. Leo Brauner, this garden is the oldest botanical garden in Turkey. In an area of 15.000 sqm, there are more than five thousand species of plants, from tropical fruit trees and orchids to arctic plants. The garden is conveniently located on the historic peninsula near the Suleymaniye Mosque, Grand Bazaar and Sultanahmet, where it's easy to spend a few hours walking under the shade of pineapple, avocado, coffee and banana trees.

Ataturk Arboretum

This natural paradise is located next to the Belgrade Forest, one of the most popular nature reserves in Istanbul. If you are planning a picnic or a walk in the forest, do not forget to add Ataturk Arboretum to your itinerary, where you can admire more than 2000 exotic and local plant varieties. Established in 1949 and has grown over the years, the garden is 3000 sqm.

There are lakes sparkling in the sun, where ducks and swans swim, picturesque bridges and even a specially designated area for deer. If you are lucky, you may come across roe deer walking calmly here.

Konya Tropical Butterfly Garden

Turkey's first and Europe's largest butterfly conservatory was recently opened in Konya, one of the important cities of Central Anatolia. More than 20.000 tropical plants of more than 195 species grow in the garden, which has all the ecosystem necessary for the life of butterflies. Thousands of butterflies have been brought here from all over the world. Here you can see the entire life cycle of a butterfly, visit the museum of butterflies and insects, go through an underground scenic tunnel and admire a unique butterfly-shaped garden.

Karaca Arboretum

This private arboretum was founded in 1980 by Turkish businessman Hayrettin Karaca. Located in Yalova province, the arboretum began as an adjoining garden in 1976, and four years later, Karaca's botanical interest led him to create a arboretum complex. Here you can now find a rock garden, a rose garden, irises and a collection of local bonsai plants. Today, the arboretum is home to 7000 plant species and is the perfect place for a relaxing day in nature.

Gaziantep Botanical Garden

Founded in 2009, the garden consists of seven parts, including an aquatic garden, a scented garden, a Japanese garden and an ecological education area. The garden was created for educational purposes and for the protection of endemic, rare and endangered plants in Turkey. Gaziantep, whose history dates back thousands of years, is a must-see place in the southeastern region of Turkey. The city has several museums, including Zeugma, the world's largest mosaic museum, and an internationally renowned gastronomic culture.

Soganli Botanical Garden

Located in Bursa, this large green area of 400.000 sqm consists of various gardens with plants and trees from all over the world. There are a Japanese garden, a rose garden, a garden full of fragrant plants and a rock garden, as well as walking paths, lakes and sports fields, so everything you need for a pleasant weekend.

Nezahat Gokyigit Botanical Garden

Located in the heart of Atasehir, one of the largest financial districts on the Asian side of Istanbul, the garden is a true oasis among the city's stone buildings. It was opened to visitors as a botanical park in 2002.

Cukurova University Botanical Garden

Located in Adana, a major city in southern Turkey, this garden is a science centre as well as a natural landmark open to visitors. In the garden surrounded by a natural Mediterranean valley and endemic plants, there is a palm garden and a rock garden.

The garden supports its ecological and educational mission with classrooms, a collection of seeds, a herbarium and a library.

Turkey's Most Beautiful Arboretums
Tropical Butterfly Garden, Konya