A LONG-NEGLECTED botanical garden in Trnava re-opened to the public. The garden was abandoned for 20 years but for the last seven years a group of dedicated volunteers has worked some 5,000 hours to get it back in order.
The garden was founded in 1967 by the Pedagogical Institute of Comenius University. Though it was listed among botanical gardens and arboretums of Czechoslovakia, it was never open to public and meant only for scientific and educational purposes, the TASR newswire wrote. When the institute moved to Bratislava, the garden was abandoned. In 2006, enthusiastic volunteers of the Faculty of Materials Science and Technology from Trnava (MtF, a faculty of the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava) began uprooting self-seeding plants, cultivating the existing plants from the original garden and adding new ones.
Its current size of about one hectare is only one quarter of the original garden. Though it no longer fulfils all criteria for a genuine botanical garden, in its new form it is officially called the Former Botanical Garden. It opened May 24 and will be available to the public between March and October. “This garden will be visitor-friendly,” the revitalisation’s organiser, Kristína Gerulová, told the SITA newswire, adding that the garden includes about 320 woody plants.
10. Jun 2013 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská