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“Florarium. Route Russia” and exhibition of Anastasia Vermeer opened at Nature Center

31 May 2021
Zaryadye Park has presented the new botanical collection of Florarium — the park’s agronomists selected plants from all the 85 constituent entities of Russia, and the art project “Grounding”, a large exhibition of illustrations and observations by the artist Anastasia Vermeer.

“Florarium. Route Russia”

Botanical collection of the new project “Florarium. Route Russia” includes more than 250 plant species from 85 constituent entities of the Russian Federation. Most of them grow in aeroponic system for the first time. The underground greenhouse is now divided into zones in accordance with federal districts, each district includes several phytoboxes with plants, one phytobox is dedicated to the flora of one subject.

The order of the zones is not random and is built in accordance with the geographical location of the subjects. Thus, in the inner contour at the beginning of the spiral ramp on the way up, visitors will see lungwort and thrift, the representatives of the sand dunes in the Kaliningrad region. They are followed by plants of the Central Federal District with its mixed and deciduous forests, as well as forest steppe and steppe. On the upper level of Florarium, closer to the glass dome and the sun, you can see plants from the southern regions of our country: laurel, olive, figs, mountain lavender. The botanical journey across Russia ends at the end of the outer contour, where the flora of the Far East is presented.

Komi Republic

“Florarium. Route Russia”

Director of Zaryadye Park Ivan Demidov, Deputy Head of the Department for Nature Conservation and Gardening Yevgeny Sapunov and Lead Agronomist Irina Rizvanova, as well as artist Anastasia Vermeer gave a speech at the ceremony.

“I think that we’ve created a tour of the country with professional challenges. We thought for a long time: who should we give birch, wheat? Who will take the sunflower? Why did we plant potatoes and gave it to this particular region? To be honest, we even looked at the results of the yield in Russia for the last year”, said Ivan Demidov, the director of Zaryadye park.

“This is a project about the biological wealth of our country, about the importance of its preservation. About rare, medicinal plants, and plants that characterize each constituent entity of the Russian Federation”, said Irina Rizvanova, the lead agronomist of the park.

Director of Zaryadye Park Ivan Demidov

“Florarium. Route Russia”

The project “Grounding” by the Moscow artist Anastasia Vermeer, known for her works on the topic of ecology and plot illustrations, is presented in the hall of Nature Center. It includes 30 illustrations-observations, in which Anastasia is thinking of the place of plants and wildlife in human life, as well as the connection with culture, rituals and habits of people. The exhibition also introduces a photo zone invented by the artist.

“In a series of illustrations-observations, each of my works is dedicated to an episode from the life of people and plants, from the old lady, selling flowers near the metro, to a family visit to a cemetery. Geometric planes bring focus to scenes taken from everyday life, and the black color personifies the earth, which gives plants the strength to fill the planet with life”, says the artist about her works.

Moscow artist Anastasia Vermeer


Anastasia Vermeer graduated from the College of Design and Decorative Arts of the Moscow State Stroganov Academy of Design and Applied Arts, and then Moscow State Academic Art Institute named after V.I Surikov, where she studied painting with Andrey Remnev and Aidan Salakhova. Her works were presented at the exhibitions in MMOMA, Center for Contemporary Art “Winzavod”, Central Exhibition Hall “Manezh”, at the gallery “Here on Taganka” and Omelchenko Gallery.

Here at the Nature Center, you will also find a garden market with plants in ecosystems, do-yourself kits, T-shirts and hoodies with floral designs, gardening books, and more. In the photobooth located nearby, you can print photographs of plants from Florarium collectin, pictures from the photo zone or illustrations by Anastasia Vermeer.

Garden market

After the new project presentation, a round table “Botanical clusters of the future: the experience of Florarium and the role of nature in a big city” was held at the lecture hall. The conversation was attended by Olga Mironova, Candidate of Biological Sciences, Biotechnologist, Plant Physiologist of the Apothecary Garden of the Botanical Garden of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Anna Soloveychikova, Deputy Director of the Federal State Budgetary Institution of Science Archive of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Senior Lecturer of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Gardening of the Bauman Moscow State Technical University Igor Safiullin; bloggers specializing in city farming and plant cultivation, Sergey Isaev and Vladimir Lukanin, and Irina Rizvanova, lead agronomist of Zaryadye Park. Lelya Golovanova, editor-in-chief of “Sadovnik” magazine, and Evgeny Sapunov, Deputy Head of the Department for Nature Conservation and Gardening, were moderators.

Round table

You can see the botanical collection of the project “Florarium. Route Russia” from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 21:00. Tickets are available at the interactive terminals of the park, in the mobile application and in the “Tickets and schedule” section: 

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