Living Economy Magazine

About the project

We tremblingly and tenderly love our little Garden. This is a wonderful place. It is impossible to be sad here, and if possible, only light and romantic sadness. All adversity recedes in the Garden. The garden shelters from all the troubles of life. He is kind, he is attentive, he is caring. The garden hears everything, understands everything, remembers everything. The whisper of its foliage comforts and soothes, the aroma of its flowers plunges you into dreams. The garden is honest, it does not hide anything from you. The garden does not hide from life, it just lives!
     An amazing miracle of the change of seasons in the Garden! Autumn winter spring Summer! Everything is like in life, each age has its own charm. How many colors, how many impressions, how much joy from waiting! In autumn – a miracle of a bright carnival of colors of autumn foliage. In winter – the miracle of the soft rustle of snowflakes and frosty sparks on every branch. In the spring – a miracle of tender leaves and touching first flowers. In summer – the miracle of fragrant flowering, the flight of butterflies and the buzz of bees. And this is our Garden! Our little Garden, but this makes it even more dear and close.
     A small garden in a vast country. This is a Russian Garden! It reflected the whole broad soul of vast Russia. After all, in a drop of water you can see the whole world!
     We are different and all our Gardens are different. But that’s exactly what’s wonderful. We have chosen a difficult, but surprisingly beautiful and noble profession, a profession that is more akin to a way of life. Our way of life is to love, study and protect the plants of our common planet. We save plants for life in a sustainable world!

Our dear guests, friends and colleagues
We wish you good luck, happiness, joy
Peace to you and your family and friends
Peace to your Gardens, our common Gardens of life!

What subjects do we cover in here?

Biodiversity conservation

The Tver region is a region that is unique from a botanical and geographical point of view. The vegetation cover of many regions of Central Russia has been severely disturbed as a result of intensive economic activity. On the territory of the Tver region, the vegetation suffered to a lesser extent. The region is located on the border of two large botanical and geographical regions, therefore, the flora includes rare relict species, characteristic not only for the center, but also for the north-west of Russia, the borders of plant ranges representing different geographical elements pass through the territory of the region. All this, along with the heterogeneity of the territory in geomorphological terms, determines the significant originality of the flora and the special conservation value. In this regard, the conservation of the biodiversity of the Tver region is of interest not only for the Upper Volga region,
Preservation of the biodiversity of the Tver region is a priority in the activities of the Botanical Garden of Tver State University.
To date, the inventory of various flora complexes of the region has been almost completed, lists of vascular plants, bryophytes, lichens and macromycete fungi have been published.
The data obtained served as the basis for the development of projects and programs for the conservation of regional biodiversity.

In 1998, the program “Strategy for the conservation of biodiversity in the Tver region” was developed and its implementation began.

Within the framework of this program are carried out:

  • 1) floristic monitoring;
  • 2) a large-scale introduction test of rare and endangered plants of various systematic and ecological-phytocenotic groups of the natural flora of the Tver region;
  • 3) educational and outreach activities on the issue of biodiversity conservation.
  • 4) cooperation with Russian and foreign colleagues.

On the basis of the Botanical Garden of the Tver State University, the Center for the Study and Conservation of Biodiversity of the Tver Region was created. The Center develops a general strategy and action plan, carries out the necessary practical activities for the conservation of biodiversity and coordinates the work of all interested organizations.

Environmental education and awareness

In a city where a person is in stressful conditions and cut off from nature, territories are of particular importance – green areas that combine the tasks of education, recreation and nature protection.

   The Botanical Garden of Tver State University is a well-known scientific, educational and educational center of the Upper Volga region. Convenient location in the center of the city of Tver makes the Garden an accessible place to visit for citizens and residents of the Tver region. More than 15 thousand people visit the garden every year and the number of visitors is growing. 
   Garden visitors are different target groups of the population: preschoolers, schoolchildren, students, adults, pensioners, disabled people. The Botanical Garden, which is an example of successive historical development, demonstrates the possibility of sustainable existence and consistent change, and is a convenient model platform for learning, education, enlightenment and communication.
   Thus, we have a unique opportunity to carry out the educational process in the “outdoor nature classroom”. Following the biocentric approach, we have developed a special educational program that allows us to successfully apply various modern pedagogical technologies, forms and methods of educational activities aimed at the emotional perception of nature and involve visitors to the Garden.
   The educational program implemented in the Garden is based on a system of various approaches and methods, which include a systematic approach, an integrating approach, interactive learning, problem-based learning, learning through cooperation, the method of priority of moral values, etc.
   In the process of communicating with visitors, we use both traditional forms of educational and educational activities – excursions, observations, conversations, lectures, seminars, practical classes (focused mainly on the development of rational thinking and cognitive behavior), and activities aimed at the emotional perception of nature (including creative, artistic activities), setting up and conducting an experiment, work in small groups, learning through cooperation, brainstorming, role-playing games, directed discussions, dramatizations, solving problematic (educational) problems, environmental activities, interdisciplinary creative and educational research projects,aimed at solving environmental problems (focused on creating conditions for a combination of rational and figurative thinking, cognitive and activity behavior).
   Garden visitors are active participants in the educational process, which allows them to significantly expand the range of acquired knowledge, skills and abilities and supplement basic education in educational institutions without significant time and material costs. Participants are provided with additional opportunities for learning and communication, which allows them to apply forms and methods that are not available in limited enclosed spaces (classrooms and auditoriums) and make the educational process more visual and effective.

We are always glad to see you in the Botanical Garden of TVGU!
Employees of the Department of Environmental Education and Enlightenment of
the Botanical Garden of DEEPLA.

Botanical Landscape and agriculture

Botanical gardens are usually considered as unique scientific, educational and educational objects, original centers of research, accumulation and conservation of plant resources. At the same time, botanical gardens keep almost intact the historical landscapes of those territories and regions in which they were once founded. On the basis of extensive and diverse collections, botanical gardens create a variety of landscape and garden expositions.

As a rule, botanical gardens are located within the city limits or in close proximity to it. Urban urbanization inevitably leaves irreparable imprints on the landscape of modern cities and entails the threat of violating unique historical territories. But it is botanical gardens, to a much greater extent than other types of green urban objects, that are able to demonstrate examples of the sustainable existence of natural areas within modern cities.

The need for a comprehensive study of the historical and cultural heritage of botanical gardens and arboretums is recognized by the International Council of Botanic Gardens (BGCI) as one of the most important tasks for modern botanical institutions. 

The main trends in the modern development of botanical gardens are associated with an increase in their role in the inventory and study of biodiversity. At the same time, special attention should be paid to the study and conservation of landscapes, since without this the sustainable existence and development of either individual plants or populations is impossible. Not only pristine, partially or completely changed natural landscapes, but also man-made historical and cultural landscapes, especially garden and park landscapes, need to be studied and preserved.

Work on the restoration of the historical landscapes of the Botanical Garden of the Tver State University and the creation of new landscape and garden expositions began in 1989. Park expositions are being restored, formed according to the botanical-geographical principle and created to display systematic and ecological-morphological collections. Since 1999, under the project “Introduction as a way to preserve biodiversity”, within the framework of the program “Strategy for the Preservation of Biodiversity of the Tver Region”, expositions have been created that imitate the unique landscape complexes of the Tver region. A separate direction is the development and creation of a series of so-called “Small Gardens” on the territory of the Garden. This series of expositions combines compact in area, but expressive and integral compositions in different historical and cultural styles. First appeared, created in 2001. “Garden-boat”. Not only employees of the Botanical Garden, but also students, schoolchildren, groups of adult volunteers take part in the development and creation of expositions.

For the formation, maintenance and work with expositions in the Botanical Garden of TvSU, a system of curating or maintaining expositions has been formed, in accordance with the “Regulations on Curators of the Botanical Garden of TvSU” of 1999. A number of expositions are supervised by employees of certain departments, a number of expositions are transferred for mixed curation by several departments.