Botanical garden in Košice
The botanical garden of University of P. J. Šafárik in Košice , centre of Eastern Slovakia, is the largest botanical garden in Slovakia. The botanical garden of Košice is located at the foot of the hills in the northern part of the city on a large area of 30 hectars. It has been accessible to public since 1950. In total there are almost 4 000 kinds of plants and is one of the most important in Central Europe.
There is a rare collection of almost 1 200 cactuses and succulents which is reportedly the largest collection of cactuses in former Czechoslovakia.
Also the exhibition of beautiful orchids, insectivorous plants, or other species of tropical and subtropical flora in greenhouses encompassing the area of 1742 m2.
Košice Botanical garden has the statute of protected area from August 2002. The staff also take care of 14 protected species from Eastern Slovakia, eight of them are critically threatened.