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After months in monochrome, the capital has erupted into colour. Here are some of the best places to enjoy the city's flowers during the months ahead, whether your taste is for grand displays, cottage gardens or wild flowers in the forests...
Parks and formal gardens
Another great place for spring flowers is the old Apothecary Garden on Prospekt Mira. The one advantage of the late spring was that the crocuses, daffodils and tulips all came bursting out together. Around the winding wooden paths, there is a lake of colour: pink corydalis and white stars of Bethlehem, golden anemones and blue grape hyacinths.
The entrance fee has been raised to 100 roubles this year to fund ongoing restoration of this garden, founded in the 18th century by Peter the Great. Given the garden's limited area, the curators say they "try to select only the rarest and most unusual, but at the same time most beautiful, plants."
In 1945, the Academy of Sciences laid out an enormous Botanic Garden in the north of Moscow. This is also a lovely place to stroll. Apart from a few designated areas, like the Japanese garden, it is generally more of an aboretum where wild flowers flourish under the trees. The Ostankino and VDNKh parks nearby also have a nice mixture of natural and formal landscaping with themed flowerbeds, later in the summer, near the entrance.