If you are really into botanic gardens, if you like Kew Gardens or the one in Munich for example, the chances are Jevremovac won’t impress you too much as it’s small and a little wild. However, it offers quite a bit of history and is absolutely worth visiting, at least as a lovely park, which it really is.
In 1874, Josif Pančić, the famous botanist, suggested opening a botanic garden which would be used in educational purposes and the Ministry of Education of the Kingdom of Serbia accepted his suggestion. King Milan Obrenović donated the estate, which had belonged to his grandfather Jevrem, under only one condition: to name the garden after him. The royal wish was obeyed, Belgrade botanic garden was named Jevremovac (Jevrem’s garden) and – apart from the period under communist reign, during which it was simply Botanic garden – it has borne the name ever since.
Today, the garden contains some 250 species, a greenhouse (built in 1892 and, at that time, one of the biggest in Europe), its own library, a skillfully created little Japanese garden, numerous benches often occupied by older people reading and younger people canoodling and, as the Faculty of Biology uses the space for learning, there are also many students.
Unlike most botanic gardens, Jevremovac is not in the outskirts but is centrally located and easily accessible.