Natural heritage

European pasqueflower

The European pasqueflower has a silky velvet stalk and incredible purple flowers that attract the attention of every visitor.  It blooms in February, March or April – depending on the weather. Since the species is endangered, it is under protection here in Slovenia. Here, in Boletina, is one of its few habitats in Europe.

   

 

 
Graft of the Old Vine
In the Zgornji trg square in Šentjur in front of the Ipavec House, on a trellis there grows a special vine, ‘bleu de Cologne’ (“modra kavčina”), which is a graft of the oldest vine in Europe that grows in Lent, Maribor. 
   

Winter aconite

The only two reliable and confirmed natural habitats of the winter aconite are in Bohor, therefore in Slovenia it is categorized as an endangered plant species.
   

Pagoda tree at the railway station in Šentjur

The Slovenia railway transport has existed since June 2nd 1846 up to the present day, when the railway line between Graz and Celje was opened, forming a link between Vienna and Trieste. On that day a large crowd had gathered at the railway station in Šentjur. During the stop at the station the passengers of the famous train ceremoniously planted the exotic pagoda tree or Sophora japonica.

   
Water chestnut  
Northwest of the village of Proseniško there is a pond with an islet, where the water chestnut (Trapa natans), an aquatic plant grows. This is western most habitat of the Pannonian species of water chestnut that is known in Slovenia.
   

Dobrina castle well

 
In the village of Dobrina there is a well and the water within is known to have healing properties. According to many doctors this water helps to heal and relieve various diseases and in general improve poor health condition.
   
Castle park in Planina pri Sevnici
The restored castle park has protected plant species such as the robinia; the park also has a chestnut and a lime tree avenue. This is the home of the famous Turkish lime tree, planted after the Turks attacked Planina.
   
Isolated karst, east of Ponikva
The isolated Karst starts in the net of valleys and isolated plateaus around Ponikva and Okrog. The Karst area has small caves, shallow sinkholes, as well as dry and gable end valleys. In the Voglajnsko and Zgornjesotelsko Hills landslides are common.
   
Chestnut Avenue in Ponikva
A horse chestnut-lined avenue (Aesculus hippocastanum L.) leads to the former Mansion of Ponikva (Ponigl) and was an integral part of the castle garden from the second half of the 19th century.
   
Mraz Witty Pear
The Mraz Witty Pear at the Žaler homestead in Loka pri Žusmu has survived for about 200 years. At a height of 18 m (59 feet) and 102 (3 feet) cm in diameter when measured at chest level, it is one of the largest and oldest witty pears in Slovenia.
   

Franc Family Garden

The Franc Family Garden boasts a beautiful collection of trees and perennials. Among those who love plants and gardens this is known as the steepest garden in Slovenia.
   
A Garden Designed by Jože Zupanc
The garden designed by Jože Zupanc is located in Hruševec, which is almost in the centre of Šentjur. The garden has about 1,000 species of plants: trees, shrubs, perennials and marsh plants from Tibet, Japan, North and South America, New Zealand and Europe.
   
Rifnik Garden
It is the largest ornamental garden in the Municipality of Šentjur, located on the southern slope of Rifnik. There is a large collective garden with an area of 3,000 m2 (32,000 square feet) and an assortment garden with an area of 6,000 m2 (64,000 square feet).

 

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