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The botanical garden of the Jagiellonian University Poland – A must visit!

March 2, 2015

Lying on the east of Old Town, this pretty botanical garden is a place fun to be at with friends! Belonging to the Jagiellonian University, it is a historic site.

One thing to note here is that the garden is open only from mid April to mid October. Apart from 10 hectares of greenery and fresh air, it offers an exhibition of various endangered plants mentioned in the Bible. That struck as pretty amazing to me.

The admission fee was just too low for the wonders the garden reveals once you are inside. The way a single ray of sun lit up an abundantly colored flower or the tropical display in the glasshouse was breathtaking. Even more striking was the companionship of little Ms Red Squirrel. It’s a rare site, and a beautiful one at that, to see a red squirrel climb up the tree with a nut!

Botanical Garden of the Jagiellonian University Poland

Botanical Garden of the Jagiellonian University Poland | Image Resource : en.wikipedia.org

Groups of school children can be seen admiring the palm houses and village gardens with little plant beds labeled in polish and Latin. Taking rest at one of those million benches put out there, we were pleased to take in the nature and create a bond of harmony once.

Here, there were no cafes so we took a picnic with us though an ice cream vendor was there, a welcoming sight, I must say!

A collection of 300 photos yet stare back at me as I open the specific folder and not a single one of them is worth deleting. The collection of impressive flora still is not captured to the fullest but yes, I did bring a portion of it home through my camera, including the orchid collection dating back to the 1860’s.

On my way back, I was made richer by way of knowledge about numerous medicinal plants and their histories, some of those were once I wish I knew a bit earlier about.

I’m neither a horticulturist nor a botanist, but a single visit to this explicit garden changed my view of plants being boring. The beauty of it hit me full-fledged and left me gaping at the wonders of mother nature.

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