1. Chochołowska Valley and Glade
2. Hortulus Gardens
3. Japanese Gardens in Wrocław
4. Poznan Botanical Gardens
5. Powsin Botanical Garden
The Chochołowska Valley is the longest and the largest in size valley in the Polish part of the Tatra mountains, covering about 35 square kilometres. The tourist trail to Chochołów Mountain Shelter and Chocholów Glade is about 8 km long in one direction but almost flat so, it is very accessible to tourists, even children. In 2/3 the valley is covered with thick spruce forests. The crowning of the rout is entering Chochołów Glade where tourists can find picturesque old wooden shepherds’ houses (quite often with grazing flocks of sheep) and a beautiful meadow between high Tatras summits. In spring the meadow is covered with a violet carpet of crocuses. In this time of the year, it is probably the most photographed place in Polish Tatras.
Hortulus complex is a show garden complex. The gardens are situated in Dobrzyca about 22 km from Koszalin (30 min ride). They have been established 25 years ago and include cluster of thematic gardens and the spectacular maze. They are open to visitors from early spring till winter. In total Hortulus Gardens can boast over 6,000 species and varieties of plants, including exotic and unique ones. Visitors will find here nearly 30 different, separate themed gardens spread over an area of over 4 hectares. Hortulus complex has also the biggest hornbeam maze in the world (1 hectare area, the length of the paths is 3.5 km) and modern viewing tower. There is also a smaller maze for children made of box tree. The main idea of the complex is showing ornamental plants in various compositions. The gardens very in decorations, style and mood. They are spectacular at every season. In spring from April to May, visitors can admire here a fabulous flower spectacle. Thousands of tulips, narcissus, hyacinths bloom, in all possible colors, original and unusual shapes, filling all the corners of the gardens. ITS DMC Poland especially recommends the colour gardens and tulip carpets at the entrance to the complex. Sightseeing Hortulus Spectabilis gardens with the maze takes about 2 h. The gardens can be visited with the assistance of a guide.
It is situated just by the famous Centennial Hall enlisted at prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List. ITS DMC Poland recommends to join sightseeing of Japanese Gardens with a visit in the Centennial Hall, Four Domes Pavilion Modern Art Museum or Wroclaw Zoo with Africarium that lay really close by. Japanese gardens were founded in 1913. The initiator of its construction was Count Fritz von Hochberg, who engaged the Japanese gardener Mankichi Arai. Currently, it is one of the most popular places for walking and relaxation in Wroclaw. This garden is a combination of several types of Japanese gardens: public, water, associated with a tea ceremony and a rocky beach. Almost 270 taxa of woody plants have been gathered in the garden. By 2009, 78 species of Asian plants had been collected in the garden, including 38 originating from Japan. One of the attractions of the place is a pond with giant carp and other species of fish. The Japanese Garden in Wroclaw, particularly beautiful in spring is a substitute for real Japanese culture where tourists can spend time between the alleys leading through the entire complex. ITS DMC Poland also suggests to visit Botanical Garden of Wroclaw University to still enjoy spring splendors.
Adam Mickiewicz University Botanical Garden is situated in the western part of Poznan agglomeration, the capital of Greater Poland region in the center of Poland. Botanical Gardens here have 10 thematic zones. The garden covers an area of 21.94 hectares, with over 6,000 species, subspecies and varieties of plants from almost all climatic zones of the Earth. They are particularly spectacular in spring but they are popular among tourists and natives all year long. One of the most popular all year elements of the complex include greenhouses with exotic plants and fish species. ITS DMC Poland especially recommends visiting the palm house during cold months to feel like in the tropics.
It was established in 1974 as a research facility of Polish Academy of Science and it was opened for visitors in 1990. The garden lies on the outskirts of the Polish capital Warsaw in Powsin. It covers an area of approximately 40 hectares, of which approximately 30 ha are open to visitors. There are around 8,600 species of plants gathered here. They have been specially collected and grouped thematically: arboretum, collection of Polish flora, ornamental, utility and exotic plants. Visitors can also admire, among others, a Polish flora and perennials collections, vegetable and medicinal plants, the national collection of cultivated varieties of roses and the tropical and subtropical plant collection located in garden's orangery. Since 1995, the Center for Ecological Education has been operating in the garden, where practical and theoretical classes for children and adolescents in the field of biology and ecology are conducted. Powsin garden is an excellent place to welcome spring. ITS DMC Poland also suggests while visiting Warsaw to visit especially Royal Baths park and Wilanow Palace Baroque garden to lengthen your spring adventure.
The above-mentioned examples of beautiful, flowery spring places are just a fraction of interesting places where you can welcome spring. If you are interested in plants and flowers ITS DMC Poland also suggest to continue reading of our articles entitled “Botanical Gardens in Poland” and “Historical Parks in Poland”. You will find more interesting information about unique plant sanctuaries in the country. If any of the above-mentioned places captured your imagination and you wonder if Poland should be your next trip destination, contact our professional group specialists that will help you to plan marvelous Polish adventure!
Author: Agnieszka Szwedzińska