After many years of preparation, the Botanical Garden was finally opened in Kielce. This object, located on the slope of Karczówka Mountain presenting plants from around the world and the native ones. The Kielce Botanical Garden is currently open only on weekends.
The Botanical Garden is managed by Geopark. Its construction began a few years ago. It slowly get shapes, but for full beauty, we have to wait another 2-3 years. The part of the garden, where the construction still takes place, it is planned to be opened in 2020.
Currently, the garden will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and tickets will cost PLN 5 normal and PLN 2 child. Every Sunday, a walk in the garden with a guide will start at 10.00, 12.00, 14.00 and 16.00. I am waiting for the introduction of annual tickets, thanks to which I will be able to visit the garden at a good price at different times of the year.
The Botanical Garden is divided into several sections. Among them, you will find native flora, decoration plants, useful plants, plant geography, a French garden and a rose square. There is a lot of plants, but in many cases, they are still young and will reach a larger size in a few years. The part of the alpine garden, lakes and recently discovered karst caves, which are more than 5 meters deep, are still closed to the guests.
In the garden, you will also find a lot of elements of small architecture. Each plant has a plate with a description. An important element in the garden are plants that occurred in its area before the construction started. So we have xerothermic grasslands (thermophilic), bushes in which there are currently bee houses are located and fruit trees, as a remnant of the orchard.
I have my small contribution to the creation of the garden, or actually two contributions. In the native flora section – the fertile Carpathian beech forest you will find two beech trees planted by us on the first birthday of Zuzia. Today they are over 3 years old and they are growing very well
The garden is not ideal and, as compared to its aged colleagues, falls short. This is probably the youngest facility of this type in Poland. Nevertheless, I waited for its opening and I like it very much and I am convinced that it will take shape every year. I am also waiting impatiently for the opening of the whole area and I keep my fingers crossed for a palm house and a cactus plant to be created in the future.