Ihtiman, Bulgaria: Master Student Opens Private Botanical Garden

Borika is a picturesque village, located close to the town of Ihtiman, some 50 kilometers from Sofia. You have read that name before? Yes, the Ihitiman exit on Trakia Highway comes up even before the tunnel, from the direction of Sofia.

So, in Borika, something unconventional has happened. Yassen Ivanov, a former master student from the Department of Landscape and Environment Protection at Sofia University, created his own botanical garden, in his own courtyard. As a landscaping master, he knew what to do, but it must have been a lot of work, since Yassen Ivanov did it all himself.

Borika, which is the name of the new garden as well, is a refuge of nature and quietude. Also, visitors can learn about plants, including rare species.

It took Yassen Ivanov four years to implement his idea. The inauguration took place in June of 2016. The Borika Botanical Garden has plants from all continents, with the exception of Antarctica.

Ivanov, a sports guy, who likes skiing and bike rides, does not seem like a gardener. At first sight, his pictures seem to show a guy who is into beer, football, fast cars and silicone. But, in his case, the cliche just does not apply. It is flowers he  obviously likes, the quietude and beauty of mountains and gardens. And he seems to be the kind of person who will implement any project which comes to his mind, no matter what. He created a botanical garden. Not many can say the same.

Because of its proximity from Sofia, this place is a great opportunity for a nice day trip.

by im.

Borika Botanical Garden

A wonderful, new place near Ihtiman, Bulgaria: Borika Botanical Garden.
A wonderful, new place near Ihtiman, Bulgaria: Borika Botanical Garden.
Exotic flowers everywhere! The Botika project was implemented by Yassen Ivanov.
Exotic flowers everywhere! The Botika project was implemented by Yassen Ivanov.
What a beauty. The garden is located some 50 kilometers from Sofia.
What a beauty. The garden is located some 50 kilometers from Sofia.
Yassen Ivanov, inaugurating the garden, in June of 2016.
Yassen Ivanov, inaugurating the garden, in June of 2016.
Yassen Ivanov.
Yassen Ivanov.

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