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Dr Julius Kugy, the poet of the Julian Alps

Dr Julius Kugy, the poet of the Julian Alps.

The enchanted gardens of our fairy godmothers have long since disappeared, as well as the dark legend of Zlatorog, a well-loved Slovene tale of a mythical alpine chamois hunted by man, has long told. Now, however, in our own luminous age, a new, magical garden has arisen to take their place.
It is certain that the good-hearted, white-robed fairies from the ancient legend will walk through this new Alpine garden, lying above the Soča River in the realm of Mt Triglav. Gently will they bless it and the Garden will blossom and flourish, multicoloured and sumptuous, just as the magical gardens of old!
For all have given to it some of their most beautiful adornments and riches: the golden treasure of Mt Bogatin, the alpine meadow Duplje praised of old, the hidden southern and western glacier-formed hollows by Mt Triglav, the mysteries of the Triglav Lakes, the white scree of Mt Prisojnik, the wild cliffs of Mt Jalovec, the grassy Mt Matajur of our botanical Nestors, the flowering Črna prst, the Eden-like meadows of Ovčja ves, Mt Krn gazing into the distance, the warm cliffs of Rdeči rob.
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The Julius Kugy monument: On Tura.

The Julius Kugy monument: On Tura.


The rich and varied plant life of the Slovene mountains has evoked the interest of natural scientists from the very first pioneering days of research into Slovene flora. In the southwestern Apennine Alps, Alpine, Central European, Illyrian, and submediterranean floras intermingle, and one can even find some eumediterranean plants, while Eastern European or Pannonian plants are almost completely absent.

It was the founding of the Juliana Botanical Garden in 1926, approximately the time as the Alpine Conservation Park in the Valley of the Triglav Lakes was being planned, that led to the first alpine botanical garden located in a natural environment in Slovenia.

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