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StauroupoliSights: The garden of Thessaloniki

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The garden of Thessaloniki

The Botanic Park of Stavroupoli in Thessaloniki began to be constructed in 1996 and was opened in 2002. The size of the area is 27sq.km and is located where the Perikleous stream – a branch of the river Dendropotamos – used to be. Then it was converted into a green area, where playgrounds, fields, a canteen and an auditorium were built, as branches of the main garden.

The park is fenced and includes various paths and routes that allow visitors to observe the plants and access the rest of the facilities.

The park consists of the following areas:

The rock gardens

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When entering the park, you can see the three rock gardens. There was a natural inclination on this spot, which allowed the creation of three gardens. On the first one there are herbs, pharmaceutical and beekeeping plants, on the second there are mostly conifers and on the third there are bluegrass plants. Moving forward on the central path that goes around the park, you’ll see on your right oddly shaped plants, like willow trees (salix matsudana) and other deciduous species.

Rose garden

A hundred and fifty rose races are a sight for sore eyes especially during springtime.

Conifer garden

On the north side of the park there are conifer collections (coniferophyta), like cedars, firs, cypresses, pine trees etc.

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Seasonal garden

Moving on towards the left, you’ll see a colourful carpet of summer or spring plants, mostly tuberous and root plants.


At the centre of the park, there is an imposing greenhouse, of 21x15m and 6m tall. Inside it there are tropical, subtropical, epiphytic and carnivore plants. In the centre there are also small lakes with water and aquatic plants and a rocky structure where there is a small artificial waterfall among ferns and fern allies. There are also routes you can follow in order to see all plant species. On the right of the main path, there are collections of plants according to systematic plant biology criteria. There are collections of quite known families like Caprifoliaceae, Celastraceae, Compositae, Labiatae, Leguminosae, Myrtaceae, Palmae etc.


There is a kiosk on an artificial hill on a spot with amazing view. Eight stone columns support an arched metallic structure, on which ten wisterias climb. The hillsides are covered with ground plants.

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Cacti and other succulent plants

Both in pots and also on the ground, a hundred cacti and other succulent plant species have been planted.

Palms and Mediterranean plants

On the protected side of the garden where there is no wind, there are palm and citrus species, along with plants very common in the Mediterranean.


In total, about 1000 plant species have been planted, in different ways according to their particularities. The plants are sorted either according to the families they belong to or according to their characteristic properties (like if they’re climbing, ground, seasonal, aquatic or water plants) or based on garden types (rock and rose garden) or according to the biological raw materials they produce (herbs, fibers or oils).

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