Perfect spring program: visit the charming botanical garden of Szeged – PHOTOS
We are approaching the end of March and the weather is improving right now. This means it’s time to organize nature trips. A perfect choice is the unrivaled Botanical Garden in Szeged. Read on and take a look.
The Botanical Garden of Szeged celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, that is to say the anniversary of its foundation. Considered one of the largest botanical gardens in the country, the University of Szeged Botanical Garden is famous for its beautiful lotuses and ever-expanding plant collection, which now includes more than 6,000 plant species.
The garden, which is part of the University of Szeged, is also responsible for the management of the collections, the protection and conservation of endangered plant species, as well as education and awareness.
The botanical garden is home to more than 5,000 plant species and varieties, over an area of 17 hectares. According to szallas.hu, the garden showcases more than 40 protected species, some of which are only found in Hungary. The Indian lotus is unique in Central Europe, covering an area of 1,200 square meters on a pond when in bloom. It really is an unforgettable sight!
According to programturizmus.huin the tropical greenhouse renovated in 2014, exotic plants from distant lands are exhibited over more than 500 square meters.
The collection introduces the visitor to the most important tropical crops (bananas, cocoa, coffee, ginger, pineapple), shows how plants adapt to tropical conditions (eg arboriculture, taproots, flowering stems) and presents numerous plants called houseplants in a form the size of a tree (ficus, screw palm, cycads).
The Botanical Garden, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, was established in 1922 when the University of Cluj moved to Szeged.
To mark the occasion, the city donated 20 acres of arable land to the university for the establishment of an herb garden. This was the beginning of the work that can still be admired today.
Spring flowers are already blooming in the botanical garden, but in the Japanese garden you can admire bamboos and rhododendrons. To celebrate the Botanical Garden’s 100th anniversary, the university is planning a series of events that will last through the fall in the coming months, including lavender, rose and lotus themed days.
To mark the 100th anniversary, we will also have the opportunity to adopt a plant of the garden.
Source: szallas.hu, programturizmus.hu, funzine.hu