Nový Dvůr Arboretum:
Circumnavigate the World
The foundation of the Arboretum is closely linked to the owner of the Nový Dvůr estate, Quido
Riedl, who, between 1906 and 1928, created a natural, landscaped park in a modestly-sized area
of 1.8 hectares. This park became the foundation for the current arboretum, and forms the historical
section of the dendrological exhibition which has gradualąly expanded to its current twenty-three hectares.
In 1928, Riedl left the Nový Dvůr estate to
his daughter, Elisabeth Schubert, and son-inlaw, Walter Schubert, who tended the park
until the end of World War II. In the post-war
period, the Nový Dvůr estate went through
a number of owners, while the park was
deprived of expert supervision and became
overgrown and neglected.
The situation changed in 1958 when the
park, one of the most valuable dendrological
sites in Silesia, was passed on to the Silesian
Museum, which established the Arboretum.
The basic structure of the park involves
fully-grown, solitary or grouped pine trees
of the “Heraltice ecotype”; the vegetation
surrounding them, alternating grassy open
spaces, allows views of picturesque groves
grouped by with contrasting structures,
textures, habitats, autumn colouration,
or blossom colour and intensity.
Newer parts of the dendrological exhibition
designed in the following years reflect
geographical units; under the overall title of
“The Trees of Five Continents”, each section
displays geographically-related species.
Visitors to the Arboretum can see the
exposition of subtropical and tropical plants
in the fully-equipped silvicultural greenhouse
surrounded by an herbs garden. Remember to
see the Alpinum with a little lake, the renewed
bog with moisture-loving plants, and children
always love seeing the minizoo and the newlybuilt logger, which is a home for insects.
Šárka Zemková, Kamila Mücková
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