The National Garden Of Athens Regains Its Former Glory

  • by XpatAthens
  • Wednesday, 18 May 2022
The National Garden Of Athens Regains Its Former Glory
The National Garden, a green oasis in the heart of the city, one of the most beautiful landmarks of Athens, regains its lost glory. As part of a strategic plan, which includes the complete refurbishment of the historic garden, the Municipality of Athens delivers the first complete section on the northern side of the garden, between the Amalia and the Vasilissis Sofias Avenues.

From now on, residents and visitors of the city can wander the upgraded areas of the garden, sit on the benches, read a book under the trees, exercise, and play with their kids.

With respect to the area’s historical importance, which dates 186 years back, the Municipality proceeded with the reconstruction of the garden’s paths, the replacement of the old water supply system with a new advanced one, and the upgrade of the lighting system network. The garden’s distinctive lampposts were preserved and replaced where necessary. The benches were also upgraded but maintain their historic character and are totally aligned with the natural environment.

In the coming weeks, modern lights, as well as a signage system, will be installed.

Regarding the garden's flora, a team of experts was invited to take care of the rare trees, some of which are over 170 years old.

At the same time, emphasis was placed on the addition of new trees and plants that will enhance the biodiversity of the National Garden and help Athens become a green city. A total of 11,155 trees, shrubs, perennial herbaceous, seasonal, and climbing plants were planted.

Works are carried out in phases, so the garden remains open to the public.

The project also includes the restoration of historic buildings, the maintenance of historic marble and stone elements, the reconstruction of the playground and the pedestrian walkways, the fence’s restoration, the repair of the garden’s wooden bridge, and the construction of a new metal fence in the zoo.