“If I were to be asked where on the Earth one can see the most incredible wonders, I would, first of all, say – Armenia… Armenia is a land of miracles.” One of such astounding beauties of Armenian land is “Sochut” botanical forest-reserve.
Visitors can fully enjoy close communication with beautiful nature here and admire the many unusual trees. Seedlings of rare species were often acquired through an exchange. Over the many years of existence, scientists have tried to grow up to 2500 different plant species here. However, as a result, only about 500 species were able to adapt to the conditions of highland Armenia.
This place is of great interest not only for nature and ecotourism lovers but also for scientists. They can study here the rich biodiversity of Armenia․ Being a part of Armenian Highland, the country presents an intersection of important biogeographical zones where different types of natural ecosystems develop and the migration routes of birds cross.
Nowadays the arboretum is of interest to the general public, professional scientists, and eco-tourists. It provides the opportunity to study adaptive characteristics of different plants to the new environmental conditions, conduct training programs for student internships, and study the distinctive flora of the Transcaucasus region. An arboretum is a perfect place for public excursions and botanical or zoological tours.
Stepanavan dendropark or Sochut was established by Edmon Leonovich who worked as the director of the botanical garden since 1984. It is the first botanic garden of Armenia. The landscape here is unlike any other part of mountainous Armenia. It’s like you appeared in Ireland for a while.
They say miracles happen here in Sochut. There is a small wooden bridge in the park, and it’s believed that if you are crossing it for the first time, then you can make a wish, and it will come true. Maybe you should try, sometimes miracles happen.
The garden is charming in every season. In autumn, for example, you will see the beautiful harmony of colors and since December the garden is filled with new verdure as all around is covered with white. In other words, everyone can have a nice and interesting time walking in the garden and those who would like to spend their rest in the neighborhood of such beautiful nature, they are welcomed to spend charming rest in “Sochut” resort in the surroundings of the healing climate of the botanic garden.