There is a place in Riga where spring always comes first. I would even say, it never leaves this place. Something is always blooming there any time of the year, as far as I know. Have you already guesed what place am I talking about? No, I’m not speaking of the flowerbed of our neighbour old lady (though, if she had a winter house for her plants there, it would be another correct answer). The place is the Botanical Garden of Riga. I was in some other botanical gardens in other countries and I must say that after comparing it with the others, I am quite proud of ours. Maybe it doesn’t have such a variety of plants, maybe it’s old. But it’s treated with a big care and it’s really neat, beautiful and stylish. It also has some benches, so you can make a picnic there.
I’m not a fan of Latvian weather and neither is my health. I can endure our long winter with a huge lack of sunshine, but that being said, I prefer stability. And weather forecasters predicted this Saturday to be really summer-like warm, and they also promised a return of snow on Monday. Because of that I knew that the day should be pleasantly spent somewhere closer to the nature. And now that my husband is busy with his own education on Saturdays now and till July, and I don’t drive, we couldn’t go far. Hence the Botanical Garden was our best choice, especially because we can get there in 10 minutes by riding a bus.
I remember the sunny, but extremely windy day of May last time we visited the Garden. Magnolias, apple and almond trees all were in bloom. And still today was a much warmer day.
There is another good thing to mention about the Botanical Garden of Riga. On Mondays it’s free of charge for families with three and more kids. So I’m going to wait till the next warm Monday, then grab my girls and go there again, as they also enjoyed this place a lot today.