Nezahat Gökyiğit Botanic Garden (NGBB) provides a public service, funded by the Ali Nihat Gökyiğit Foundation (ANG Foundation),to preserve plant diversity, promote education and especially through exhibitions to demonstrate the crucial importance of plant diversity. The Garden is located on the Anatolian side of İstanbul, at the intersection of two motorways, one coming from the Atatürk and Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridges over the Bosphorous and the Anatolia motorway to Ankara. The Botanic Garden is 32 hectares consisting of eight islands of land formed by the motorway intersection and the slip roads. The land is leased from the General Roads Directorate to the ANG Foundation until 2025. In addition to being a research, training and education centre, NGBB has established an attractive amenity area for people living nearby which providesa 12% increase in green area to the city of Istanbul.
Mission and Aims
The mission statement of Nezahat Gökyiğit Botanic Garden is to explore, explain and conserve the world of plants.
To commemorate his late wife, Nezahat Gökyiğit, in 1995 Ali Nihat Gökyiğit started a planting and reforestation plan on a 46 hectare area of land at the motorway intersection which was leased from the Roads Directorate. First, the area was cleared of debris created by the motorway construction and the soil improved prior to approximately 50,000 trees and shrubs were planted.It was officially opened to the public as a Park in 2002, but as its function changed, in 2003, it became the Nezahat Gökyiğit Botanic Garden (NGBB).