The Juliana Alpine Botanical Garden is a protected monument of designed landscape and a natural treasure of national importance. The blooming green gardens with an area of 2572 m² are fascinating with over 600 different species of plants, including endemics that only grow in Slovenia.
The Alpinum Juliana is at its most beautiful in May and in the beginning of June, when primroses and gentians are blossoming, but there are also unique plants thriving from early spring to late autumn, which are definitely worth seeing. Daphne, saxifraga, orchis, the endemic Julian poppy (Papaver ernesti-mayeri), the protected lady's-slipper orchid (Cypripediuj calceolus) and the recognisable Zois' bellflower (Campanula zoysii), the colourful symbol of the garden, are just some of the "inhabitants" of the carefully tended botanical corner, which adorns Trenta and Triglav National Park.
There is a traditional event known as Belar Days in the botanical garden, which is intended for primary school students.
The Alpinum Juliana Magical Botanical Garden, the Stunning Botanical Beauty
The Juliana Alpine Botanical Garden was established in 1926 by a landlord and merchant from Trieste, Albert Bois de Chesne, who thus made his dreams of building a garden, where vegetation levels follow each other just as in nature, come true. He named it after his wife Juliana. He was given advice by Dr. Julius Kugy, his hiking friend and a researcher of the Julian Alps, who was drawn to the Trenta Valley by the mysterious Scabiosa Trenta, which became the symbol of his research in his youth.
"The enchanted gardens of the goddesses of fate have disappeared long ago. The dark story about the Goldhorn tells us how it happened. But here, a new magical garden has emerged, in the middle of the bright present."
dr. Julius Kugy, Iz minulih dni (From the past days)
The Diverse Range of Sights in the area of the Garden
Trenta is one of the most pristine parts of the Soča Valley. It is the birthplace of the Soča River, which still somewhat innocently and playfully hops towards Bovec. In the surroundings of the Alpinum Juliana, see the Church of the Virgin Mary of Loreto, the rapids of the Soča River that are a few tens of metres away, and if you have enough time, the Source of the Soča River and the dr. Julius Kugy Monument, which stands not far away from the first hairpin turns on the road to Vršič. Lovers of botanics and medicine should ask for information about the circular educational path Moč rož (Flower Power) in the surroundings of Bovec.
Alpinum Juliana Alpine Botanical Garden - ACCESS
On the Bovec-Trenta road, in the settlement of Pri Cerkvi, near the Church of the Virgin Mary of Loreto, stands a clearly visible sign to the garden. The Alpinum Juliana is also one of the sights on the famous Soča Trail, which leads to the Source of the Soča River.
Alpine Botanical Garden Alpinum Juliana – SCHEDULE
1 May – 30 September
8:30 AM – 6:30 PM
1 October – 30 April
Alpine Botanical Garden Alpinum Juliana – PRICE LIST
- primary school students, secondary school students, students, pensioners, school groups: 2.00 €
- adults: 3.00 €
- family ticket: 6.00 €
- preschool children,
- members of the Prirodoslovno društvo (Slovenian Natural History Society),
- holders of valid museum cards.
- with the Julian Alps card: Soča Valley
Entrance fee according to the price list, whereas rental of interactive identification keys and participation at guided tour are free.
Alpine Botanical Garden Alpinum Juliana – INFORMATION
Slovenian Museum of Natural History
Prešernova 20, 1001 Ljubljana
T: +386 1 241 09 40