Tulips in the Slovenian Arboretum of Volčji Potok

 – Slovenian Arboretum rocks 
Tulips as far as you can see

Volčji Potok, SLOVENIA. (2015). – Between the end of April and the middle of May, more than two million flowers bloom in the Arboretum of Volčji Potok. For every single citizen of Slovenia one very beautiful tulip. What an incredible sight! The Arboretum, in close distance to the great Slovenian city Ljubljana, is one of the main attractions of the Southern Central European country. Since 20 years in a row, this colorful spring flower show lures ten thousands of visitors from all over the country as well as from all bordering countries like Austria and Italy to the little down of Volčji Potok. The Arboretum is generously laid out on over more than 80 hectares and is home to 4,500 plants from all over the world and thanks to the millions of blooming beauties well-known and the most popular botanical garden in and around Slovenia.
250 different species of tulips guarantee an explosion of colors
Who doesn’t love the sight of blooming flowers? Nothing is more gentle but still exciting to the eyes than the full and rich colors of blooming flowers in great light. But trust me, there is a huge difference between looking at a few colorful flowers in a pot or bed and literally sinking into an enormous field of breathtaking beauty only thousands of beautiful tulips standing next to each other can create. The spring display of tulips in the Volčji Potok Arboretum shows exactly that, more than 250 different species of tulips fight for the attention of the many visitors. As far as one can see all there is are tulips in all colors and shapes. Beautifully arranged flower beds with thousands of mixed tulips guarantee an explosion of colors. What a delight for the eyes.

Gorgeous piece of land with a rich history
In 1952 the Arboretum opened its gates to the public. Originally the land on which the Arboretum is laid out today was private property and part of the Souvan family estate until the former owner died and it was taken over by the University of Ljubljana in 1952 and legally declared a place of the cultural and natural heritage of national importance. But the history of this gorgeous piece of land goes back way further, to about 1220. Then it was home to a castle. In the 17th century, a two-story palace was built on the same land. While the 300-year-old mansion was destroyed during the second world war, the original garden pavilion, the little chapel, and the garden stairs still are a reminder today of what once there existed. The Volčji Potok Arboretum institute, founded in 2003, manages the arboretum today.

Some facts about tulips
  • The word “tulip” thought to be a corruption of the Turkish word ‘tulbend’ for a turban.
  • The Tulip was introduced by a famous Austrian biologist Carolus Clusius.
  • Tulip plants belong to the genus Tulipa, in the lily family, Liliaceae.
  • Tulips bloom on bulbous plants, with large, showy flowers with six petals.
  • There are around 100 species of Tulips, which actually came from Central Asia where they grew wild.
  • Turkish growers first cultivated tulips as early as 1,000 AD.
  • There are now over 3,000 different registered varieties of cultivated Tulips.
  • Every year billions of Tulips are cultivated, a majority of which are grown and exported from Holland.
  • Historically, Europe considered Tulips as the symbol of the Ottoman Empire.
  • Tulips grow wild over a great territory in Asia Minor through Siberia to China.
  • Tulips were first cultivated and hybridized by the Turks of the Ottoman Empire.
  • Tulips symbolize imagination, dreaminess, perfect lover and a declaration of love.
  • Fresh out of onions? Use your Tulip bulbs instead! Tulip bulbs are a good replacement for onions in cooking.


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