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1. Woodland area with shrub collections

One quarter of 8 hectars of the garden area  is covered with woodland, providing place for many ornamental shrub collection. This area also covers two  multipurpose buildings with areas for exhibitions and events. In the multipurpose buildings visitors can find toilets and vending machines. This area is situated close to the enterance where visitors can buy produce and products of our agricultural estate - fresh fruit, vegetables, apple juice, wines, vinegar and many other.

Rhododendrons are very popular ornamental shrubs. They start  flowering towards the end of April and usually flower throughout May. This site is an ideal growing site for rhododendrons, with long morning shade, sheltered from strong winds and provided with enough ground moisture.

2. Plant relict species

Here visitors can learn about the oldest plant species on the planet, which have stayed more or less the same to this day (ginko, magnolias, taxodium, metasequoia, conifers...).

3. Collection of Acer species

Collection represents the diversity of one plant family - Aceraceae. Acers grow all over the northeren hemisphere and are used in everyday life as timber wood, in food industry or as ornamental trees.

4. Systematic area

Collections of plat families are showing the evolustion process from the most simple plant species (Aristolochiaceae, Ranunculaceae) to more complex species botanically (grasses, monocots, orchids). There are over eighty plant families in over fifty beds, with the collection of genus Cornus at the bottom side.Collection is a teaching tool for botany studies at all levels.

5. Orchard and the field gene bank

A small orchard is representing some of the most popular apple and pear cultivars, which were used in slovenian orchards before many modern cultivars were established. Behind the orchard there is a bigger area planted with many specimen apple, pear, plum and cherry trees, serving as a field gene bank. Raspberry, elderberry and pumpkin cultivars are also planted, mostly for research purposes.

6. Rock garden

Rock garden represents three typical base rock minerals for Slovenian mountains with flora, which can be typically found on such sites. Here are also some red listed plant species, many ornamental ground cover plants and Clematis cultivars.

7. Rondo

Collection covers 900 m2 and presents many useful late summer flowering perennials in combination with grasses and shrubs. Excellent place for gardeners to learn new combinations of low maintenace ornamentals.

8. Water and bog plants

Collection covers many plant genera, that thrive in wet, boggy or near water. Many protected plant species, that are slovene native. This area is also a teaching tool for learning plant and animal interactions, habitat protection, sustainability,... Nearby are beds of  Iris, Hemerocallis and Narcissus collections.

9. Herb garden

Over sixty different medicinal plants are presented  in the herb garden. Here visitors can find from exotic to the most common herbs and spices, that are used in everyday life.

10. Rosarium

Rosarium is borderlined with low box hedge. Tea and shrub roses are planted in beds,  two main parts of rosarium are connected with metal arches, giving room for rambler and climbing roses. Top of rosarium spreads out like rays and is planted with roses in company of perennials. Flowering starts in spring and lasts till first frosts. Looking best in June! Rosarium was replanted in 2014, now holding nearly 100 cultivars, most of them new and pest and disease resistant.

11. Collection of Magnolias

First flowering collection of the garden in spring offers Magnolias in all shapes and colours!

12. Conifers and Narcissus collection 

Pinetum, collection of conifers, was the first area of botanic garden to be planted in 1996. Location was chosen because of an existing collection of north american tree species, which dates back in late 1800. Still magnificent today, the focal point of the pinetum, are 'the giants': Sequoiadendron giganteum and Thuja plicata, both over 40m high and over 120 years old. To brighten up the greenery, collection of Narcissus was planted in 2010. It now covers well over 100 different cultivars.

13. Fruit and vegetable garden

This part of the garden resembles family vegetable garden with rows of various soft fruit varieties. Some less ordinary edible shrubs and ideas for pergolas are presented. Here visitors can find sitting area in the shade of elm trees.

Opening hours

From 24th March till September
Every day from 9.00 to 19.00

October to 18.00
November to 16.00, Sundays closed
December to Februar closed


Adults: 4 €
Pensioners: 3,5 €
School children and students: 3 €
Family ticket: 10 €

Preschool children free.


Tel.: +386 2 613 08 58
GSM: +386 31 310 330
Fax: +386 2 613 08 55

Email: botanicni.vrt@um.si


University of Maribor Botanical Garden
Pivola 90a
SI-2311 Hoce, Slovenia

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GSM: +386 31 310 330
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