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100 plants to discover
in the Juliana Alpine Botanical Garden (Slovenia)

Pier Luigi Nimis, Nada Praprotnik, Irena Kodele Krašna
Images by Andrea Moro

Translation: Henrik Ciglič and Irena Kodele Krašna

Juliana is the oldest natural botanical garden in Slovenia: it was founded in 1926 by the Trieste landowner Albert Bois de Chesne and currently it is managed by the Slovenian Museum of Natural History. The garden is home to some 600 different species of plants characteristic of the Alps, their fore-mountains and the Karst. Among them, endemic species known to prosper only in Slovenia can also be found.
The majority of plants in the garden had to be unearthed in nature, brought here and replanted. Some of them thrive, others grow for a few years, while some do not take root at all. Each year, a few new species have to be brought to the garden, for our collection of live plants has to be repeatedly supplemented and constantly taken care of. For this reason the visitors are expected as well as kindly requested to walk through the garden only along paths, avoiding picking or even destroying the plants.
This interactive guide contains only a hundred different plants that flourish in Juliana and bloom every year. With its aid, the visitors will get acquainted with the plants and their adaptation to the mountain life, learn about many interesting features concerning the species, and gain experience for plant determination with the aid of more demanding guides in the natural environment of our Alps.
This guide was prepared in the framework of Project SiiT (School-oriented Interactive Identification Tools: exploring biodiversity in a cross-border area) within the Programme of Cross-border Cooperation Slovenia-Italy 2007-2013, which is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, and by national funds.

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