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Botanical garden of the University of Turin: photo description (Orto Botanico Dell'universita di Torino)

Botanical garden of the University of Turin Botanical garden and arboretum, spreading on an area of 2.6 hectares in the Parco del Valentino in Turin (lane Viale pier Andrea Mattioli). Belongs To The Turin University. Open on weekends and public holidays during the warmer time of the year.

The garden takes its beginning in 1560, when the Studio di mondovì was collected by the first collection of plants, which 6 years later was transferred to the University. The garden was formally established in 1713 by order of Victor Amadeus II of Sardinia called "Orto Regio" (Royal gardens). And when, in 1729, when the University was created by the Botanical Department, the garden officially became a part of it.

Between 1730 and 1731 for years on the site of the Castello del Valentino was flower beds, and already plants growing there were planted more than 800 different species. By 1762, in the garden grew over 1200 species of plants. At the end of the 18th century Victor Amadeus III of Sardinia gave the garden land to the West and to the North of the castle, and in 1810 it was possible to see 6000 plants. In the Northern part of the garden was organized by the arboretum began construction of the greenhouses, greenhouses and herbaria. However, in subsequent decades, the area of the Botanical garden was greatly reduced. After 1876 some of the greenhouse was demolished to be replaced by the laboratory, part of the greenhouses were dismantled already in the 20th century.

Significant damage to the Botanical garden and its collections were deposited during the First and Second World wars, when Turin was bombed. However the garden survived and gradually rebuilt their collection. In 1962-1963, there was established the Alpine garden, and later built a greenhouse for tropical and subtropical plants, succulents and South African species.

Today in the Botanical garden there are about 2000 species of plants, and the arboretum contains about 500 species of trees. Visitors can see the typical Alpine plants, fruit trees, herbs, water, including exotic species of plants, cacti, tropical flowers and a garden of ancient fruit.