How often do you pass by a park or a garden? You hang out with friends, sit on a bench drinking beer, or just lazily lie on the grass letting time fly? Have you ever wondered about the stories these places hide? Here are some fun facts about the biggest park in our capital – Borisova Garden. We hope that it will help you get to know it better.
1. Initially, the Borisova Garden was in the outskirts of Sofia but as the city grew rapidly the park ended up in the very center of Sofia.
2. The Borisova Garden was built at the end of the 19th century. Its name went through a number of changes. First, it was Razsadnika (The Nursery Garden), then Pepiniera, Tzarigradskata gradina, Knyaz Borisovata gradina (The Prince Boris Garden) and The Freedom Park.
3. A Swiss gardener was responsible for the design. He was brought all the way from Bucharest.
4. The plants for the Japanese Corner, came straight from Japan. It is near the Fish Lake (The Lake with the Lillies) and dates back to 1940They serve as a symbol of the friendship between the Bulgarian and the Japanese people.
5. The Boris Garden was designed and largely made following the model of the Austrian-German park baroque.
6. In 1986, it was named an exemplary garden and a cultural heritage site of the Bulgarian park and gardening tradition.
7. The Boris Garden was originally planted with acacia trees. The saplings that started growing little by little were then offered for sale to the citizens.
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