With the arrival of Spring everyone longs to be outdoors, and although epidemiological measures significantly limit when and where we can go, there are attractions near us that can be visited with the necessary regulations.
The Botanical Garden of the University of Debrecen, a natural wonder would be an excellent destination for the long weekend ahead.
Debrecen has a tradition of science education and botany. Péter Méliusz Juhász writes the first Hungarian botanical book here , and Sámuel Diószegi and Mihály Fazekas write the first Hungarian Herbal Book in 1807.
The herb garden dates back 200 years in Debrecen. The predecessor of the current garden was the herb garden established on the site of the Déri Museum – formerly known as Pap Lake – the area of which was designated in 1807 by the then council of the city of Debrecen. The garden was under the supervision of the Reformed College and served for science education (1844 to 1922). In the meantime, the university was established in the College, which will move to the Great Forest when its building is completed. With this, the herb garden of the College also loses its significance, and then it ceases to exist with the reconstruction of the Déri Museum.
After the university split from the College, the city of Debrecen donated 17 hectares (30 cadastral acres) behind the university in the Great Forest for the purpose of the botanical garden . The new herb garden was founded here in 1928, which now awaits visitors as the Botanical Garden of the University of Debrecen.
Nearly 6,000 plant species are registered in the 15.5-hectare facility behind the university’s main building . The garden has an arboretum with more than 750 woody species , including four cedar species known in the world today, special herbaceous and tropical collections, and one of the most valuable plant associations in Nyírség, the so-called lily -of-the- valley oak . The garden’s collection of cacti and succulents is famous far and wide , and with about 1,300 species of cacti and 1,000 other succulents, it is one of the largest in Central and Eastern Europe.
The botanical garden shows its beautiful face in spring . Anyone who visits now can admire, among other things, the blooming anemone, saffron, spring fir, the meaty soma, the reddish and evergreen hazel, and the bowl of jasmine.
The outdoor arboretum of the botanical garden can now be visited in addition to keeping the rules of distance and wearing a mask .
Monday to Sunday, October 21st to March 20th : 08:00 to 16:00
Monday to Sunday, March 21st to October 20th : 08:00 to 18:00
You can read more about the Botanical Garden of the University of Debrecen here: https://unideb.hu/hu/node/545
Photos: Schneider Erzsébet