Idea for a spring trip: Arboretum Volčji Potok


Arboretum Volčji Potok is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in Slovenia and the entire region. It is located near the village of Volčji Potok, approximately 20 kilometers north of Ljubljana. In March, the park comes alive with beautiful daffodils, and in spring, visitors can enjoy a stroll among the daffodils planted in various locations throughout the park. In addition to admiring the daffodils, various exhibitions are available for visitors of all interests – you can enjoy exhibitions of dinosaurs, cacti, indoor plants, pineapples, and orchids. Later in the spring months, April and May, you can also visit an exhibition of tropical butterflies, flowers, tulips, roses, and more.

Space for relaxation, recreation, and exploring flora

The Arboretum spans an area of ​​over 80 hectares and is home to more than 4,500 different species of plants. It was established in 1952 on the former estate of the Counts of Attems. Today, it is divided into several sections, including the alpine garden, Japanese garden, ornamental plant park, forest plants, and numerous thematic and designed gardens.

One of the most charming features of the Arboretum Volčji Potok is its diverse collection of rhododendrons and azaleas, which bloom in various colors and shapes. Additionally, it is also known for its numerous other flowering plants, trees, and shrubs, providing visitors with a feast for the eyes in all seasons.

The Arboretum is not only a space for recreation and relaxation but also an important center for education and botanical research. It offers educational programs for schools and other groups and organizes numerous events such as exhibitions, lectures, and workshops.

A visit to the Arboretum Volčji Potok is an unforgettable experience for all nature lovers, gardeners, and those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city into a peaceful environment surrounded by beauty and greenery.

200,000 new narcissus bulbs

In March, the grassy areas are adorned with daffodils, charming spring beauties that, with their yellow flower color, reminiscent of the color of the sun, transform them into a picturesque backdrop. In spring, visitors to the Arboretum can stroll among the daffodils in various locations throughout the park.

In addition to the rich plantings of daffodils from previous years, we planted more than 200,000 new narcissus bulbs in the fall, which will bloom slightly later, and visitors will likely be able to admire them until the end of April. Along the avenue, we planted a selection of daffodils with 40 different varieties, varying in flower size, from miniature ones barely 2 cm in diameter to truly large flowers with a diameter of 10 cm. Particularly special are the varieties that have a mesmerizing fragrance, as well as those with multiple flowers and double flowers. In addition to various shades of yellow daffodil flowers, visitors will be able to see various white and orange varieties, as well as special daffodils with a pink corona. This year, for the first time, such a large number of daffodil varieties will be on display in one place, making it easier for visitors to compare their beauty. Daffodils also have interesting names under which mysterious flowers hide; do not overlook the romantic ‘Fragrant Britt,’ the sunny ‘Queen Beatrice,’ the playful ‘Tahiti’…

Dinosaur exhibition

From January 1st 2024 to December 31st 2024

For those who dare, a view opens to scenes that surpass the boundaries of imagination. Behind the tall walls of the labyrinth, a scene from the prehistoric era unfolds, where dinosaurs establish their kingdom.

Their natural sizes and realistic depictions leave an impression of awe. But despite the initial impressions, it turns out that the thirteen dinosaurs reigning in the Arboretum are surprisingly friendly.

Over the years, these prehistoric giants have adapted and become true companions for children, who most enjoy spending time in the company of curious little ones.

Exhibition of indoor plants, pineapple plants, and orchids

From January 1st 2024 to December 31st 2024

Among the tropical wonders that enchant visitors in the greenhouse are pineapple plants, orchids, and other diverse flora. In addition to these flowering beauties, the greenhouse also offers insight into the world of non-flowering plants, which nevertheless do not lag behind in attractiveness.

Known for their stunning colors and elegant leaf shapes, these plants are not only popular decorative additions but also exquisite indoor accents.

Cactus exhibition

From March 2nd 2024 to November 3rd 2024

At the Arboretum, doors open to a fascinating world of cacti, where a unique exhibition awaits with over 1000 exceptional specimens from the collection of renowned botanical enthusiast, Dušan Hrovatin. The diversity and age of the cacti in this collection guarantee an unforgettable experience that will pique the interest of every visitor. Among them, you can find the oldest specimens, which have reigned in the greenhouse for fifty years.

But that’s not all this stunning greenhouse offers. In addition to cacti, visitors can admire succulents, bulbs, euphorbias, tillandsias, crests, bulbs, and living stones. Among the latter, living stones stand out with their exceptional ability to mimicry, as their color adapts to the surroundings, allowing them to blend in with the background like true chameleons in the world of plants.