My Botanical Garden

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” 

Robert Louis Stevenson

The first botanical garden in Carniola was established in 1781. Its founder,Karl von Zois , an amateur botanist, set it in park of his family estate, Brdo Castle. With help of his brother, Sigmund Zois Freiherr von Edelstein, prominent figure in  Enlightenment Era in the Slovene Lands, he planted not only indigenous plants, but many foreign as well. Plants were collected from Carniola, there was set first alpinum, and others bought from abroad. In 1782 first hyacinths arrived in the garden. Captain Cook sent some plants from his Tahiti expedition to the owner of the garden, yet they arrived in poor condition as Karl sadly wrote in his garden diary

Lack of money and love for botany, as difficult growing conditions for alpinum, all together resulted in Brdo…

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