Ljubljana Botanical Garden of the University of Ljubljana is the oldest botanical garden in Southeastern Europe and the oldest cultural, scientific and educational organisation with continuous work without any stops in Slovenia.
Ljubljana Botanical Garden was created in 1810 for educational purposes for scholars to get a better knowledge about the Slovenian flora. Currently over 4,500 plant species and subspecies are grown on 2 hectares (4.9 acres) in this middle-sized Botanical Garden. Around 1/3 of them are endemic to Slovenia.
Plants in Ljubljana Botanical garden are divided into eight unique habitats:
• Arboretum, which is the oldest part of the garden, consists mainly of different trees and shrubs.
• Plant system is the central part of the garden, and it is home to more than 80 plant species.
• Pools with aquatic and wetland plants, and pound with water and waterside plants may be the most interesting parts of the garden, due to different animals that are regular guests there.
• Rockery with pretty mountains plants and endemic plant from Slovenian Karst is divided in many groups, showing off some unique ecological and geographical qualities of plant species.
• Tropical glasshouse is one of the youngest parts of the garden. A home for more demanding plant species and tropical flowers that require a precise temperature and air conditions.
• Mediterranean plants do not actually have their own place. They spend the winter indoors, in the glasshouse, and summer in the different parts of the garden, depending on their needs for temperature and sun.
• Thematic garden is the part where you can find numerous plants organized in smaller groups by their main character. More popular parts includes healing plants, toxic ones and those that can be used in industry.
• Cultivation section in which the plants are prepared for planting and fertilization.
Some additional parts of the garden can be found in external locations, such as a greenhouse in Tivoli Park and a Biology Centre in the Rožnik Park, near the Ljubljana ZOO. External locations are now necessary, as the garden can’t be widened.
Ljubljana Botanical Garden is a great place for relaxation as it has many secret corners for those looking for some alone time. A lot of branches are situated throughout the garden, and as addition, open library was established. It is also a great trip for nature lovers as diverse animals gather there.
Cute little tea house is located in the garden.