Located at ulica Prawdziwka 2 in Powsin (on the southern border of Warsaw, in the direction of Konstancin).
With an area of about 40 hectares, the botanical garden came into existence in 1974, thanks to the initiative of the PAN President, the instigator of this small ‘revolt’ in horticulture was Professor Szczepan Pieniążek. Since 1990, it has been open to the public for tours and viewing.
The gardens are extremely well-organized, and are divided into numerous categories: the arboretum (a collection of trees and shrubs), collections of Polish flora, and decorative plants, both utilitarian and exotic. The trees in the arboretum consist mainly of coniferous shrubs, plants, magnolias and roses, and a large population of trees native to the Tatras region; in total, there are about 3,000 types of plants in this area. Of course, the collection of Polish flora is presented in its natural environment, in the soil of its native land. The gardens allow visitors to admire plants that are quite ‘common’, but which they may not get the opportunity to see in their natural, far-flung habitats.
The decorative, or ornamental, plants are divided into three groups: perennials, bulbs with irises, and roses. The biggest is of the three is the collection of perennial ornamentals daylilies and plantain lilies. Another collection is made up of trees, shrubs and plants with edible fruits and vegetables (called the pomological collection). It includes plants intended for cultivation (apples, pears, peaches and plums). The most valuable part of this collection are the almost 500 apple trees, which were cultivated on the territory of Poland from the 17th century until 1930. In terms of the collection of vegetables, the focus is on those cultivated on Polish soil. This collection also aims to educate people about the little-known topic of medicinal plants, which people can take advantage of in the form of homeopathy and aromatheraphy. The last category is comprised of tropical and sub-tropical, more exotic plants, such as the lemon plant called ‘Buddha’s Hand’, whose fruit resembles an open palm with fingers.
The botanical garden is accessible to visitors all year round, and take a leading role in the promotion of culture by organizing exhibitions of paintings, photos and sketches. In its natural, green amphitheater scented by lime trees, it hosts its annual ‘Floral Music – Music in the Flowers’ Festival. There is also a place set aside for open-air concerts and performances, and horticultural fairs and events.