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Diomedes Botanic Garden

To the west of Athens is the largest botanic garden in the eastern Mediterranean and one of the most notable in the world.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1952 The foundation was created according to Alexandros Diomedes’ will.

    1961 The Ministry of Agriculture allotted the forest area to the foundation, and the remodelling of the garden began on condition that the existing forest may not be significantly affected.

    1975 Opened for the public.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

At the foot of Mount Egaleo, with an area of 186 acres, we find the Diomedes’ Botanic Garden. It contains orchards, flower gardens, historic plants, medicinal herbs, industrial plants (e.g. wood, textiles), systematic section (the cultivated part of the garden), greenhouse and nursery garden. Almost at the end of the garden, there is one of the oldest forests of Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis) in Attica. Particular emphasis is given to the flora of Greece and Attica. Visitors also have the opportunity to meet the “living fossil” Gingo bibola.

What I can't see

It is the largest botanical garden in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean, and one of the most important worldwide. The natural vegetation of the garden contains over 500 species and is also a haven for wildlife. Apart from being a green lung, the purpose of the foundation of Diomedes Botanic Garden is ​​research, education and public awareness of citizens and students. It also cooperates with botanical gardens abroad, while courses and workshops of the Agricultural University of Athens take place here. Finally, approximately 19,000 dried plant specimens are maintained in the plant library and about 800 plant seeds in the Bank of Genetic Material. The garden can be visited from the morning until early afternoon.


  • Address: 403 Iera Odos St.


Botanic Garden of Ioulia and Alexandros N. Diomedes, (d.u.), Ιστορικό, το καλλιεργημένο τμήμα, το φυσικό οικοσύστημα, [History, cultivatedsection, thenaturalecosystem], UOA

Last visit: 6/9/2015


Yohalas T., Kafetzaki Τ., (2013), Αθήνα, Ιχνηλατώντας την πόλη με οδηγό την ιστορία και τη λογοτεχνία [Athens, Tracing the city guided by history and literature], ESTIA Bookstore