Roses in Moscow
The main Botanic garden of the Russian Science Academy bears the name of the academician Tsitsin.
It is situated on the place of the unique natural forests Yerdenievo grove and Ostankino oakery. Some parts of their territory were saved because of the scientific and environment oriented actions of the Garden. First these territories were mentioned in 1584 chronicles as the land belonging to lords (knyaz) Cherkasskii. Peter’s the Great father Alexey Mikhailovich was fond of hunting in these places. In 1743 these territories were bought by earls Sheremetev. Nikolay Sheremetev turned the nearest to the estate part into the English garden. 5 artificial ponds were made here. The main trees were oak, teil and maple; bushes - cobnut, honeysuckle and arrow-wood.
Official date of foundation of the garden is considered to be 14 April 1945. However according to the archive documents of 1940s there was a program of making a Botanic garden which appeared earlier than 1945.
The project of the current garden was processed by the architect Petrov under the guidance of academicians Tsitsin and Shchusev. One more outstanding architect Rosenberg took part in creating the garden.
On 2 December 1991 the garden was named after academician Tsitsin.
Photos made by Irina Mashina