University Of Belgrade - Faculty Of Biology
Institute of Botany and Botanical Garden "Jevremovac"

Outdoor area

"According to the requirements of today, the Botanical Garden has two tasks to perform: on one hand, to assemble in a small area the flora of a country whose youth has to learn the botany, and on the other hand, to collect all the exotic plants needed for the vegetation of the whole world to be mainly represented in the garden." In this way, the famous scientist, professor of botany and founder of the Botanical Garden Josif Pančić, 130 years ago, defined the purpose and function of the Botanical Garden. The vision, the will and the importance expressed in his words, even today are a guideline of goals and ways of work, as well as the entire life of Botanical Garden "Jevremovac". The outdoor spaces of the Botanical Garden "Jevremovac" contain over 1500 species grouped into geographical and ecological parcels, making this area the lungs of the city centre. In the forest environment, a few tens of year old elms, the imposing trees of the Caucasian Zelkova’s, and several kinds of pines, spruces, oaks, chestnuts, cedar, cypresses and thujas live; specimens of ancient sequoias, Ginkgo biloba; Berberis, Forsythia... There is really plenty to see and learn in the Botanical Garden "Jevremovac", with a professional guide who will share its knowledge and love for the plants with visitors (contact by phone 011 324 6655).

The special pride of the garden are the wonderful examples of Pančić's spruce, the conifer that lived also in the period before the Ice Age, the endemic species of our country. This endemorelic species has the very narrow range and is distributed only in the narrow area of the middle course of the Drina River. It is the best discovery of Josif Pančić from 1877 from the place Zaovine on Tara, and according to the acknowledgement of world scientists, Pančić's spruce or more often called "Serbian spruce" is "the most beautiful conifer of Europe".

The giant oak, as the oldest inhabitant of the Botanical Garden "Jevremovac", is 140 years old and is the "monument of nature" of this Natural Monument in Belgrade, of invaluable natural, cultural and historical values, the unique heritage of our country.

One of the most important role of the Botanical Garden is the preservation of the environment both through education and active measures, through various programs of ex-situ protection of rare and endangered plants. For example, even today the fascinating plant species Ramonda of Queen Natalia, which is a tertiary relic and endemic of the Balkans, and which is rare and endangered species, is cultivated in ex-situ conditions in the alpine garden of the Botanical Garden "Jevremovac". It was discovered by the famous botanists Sava Petrović and Josif Pančić in Jelašnica, and named after the Serbian queen, the wife of the benefactor of our garden, King Milan Obrenović.

All aforementioned botanical values of the outdoor spaces of the Botanical Garden, together with other contents, are presented within 14 parcels bordered by hiking trails, within which are organized separate parts such as rocky grounds, parts with ferns, pools with water lily, bamboo labyrinth, children's corner, etc.