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Sárvár Arboretum, Western Hungary

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Sarvar is a charming spa town in Western Hungary with one of the most liberating arboretums.

Currently 300 tree and shrub species can be found in the arboretum. The garden can be divided into two parts. One of them is the former hardwood floodplain forest is a residual grove forest with 400-year-old oaks, common ashes, younger specimens of field elms cover the area with the common mixed tree and shrub species of grove forests, surrounding the pond of 1 ha.

The other part of the botanical garden is an arboretum in the traditional sense, where the present landscape was formed as an English park that was established 200 years ago. These several centuries-old specimens are most probably the greatest value of the Arboretum.

The landscape is dominated by 200-years-old plane trees, black pines, yews, Sophora japonica, Kentucky coffee trees, and a huge Fraxinus excelsior 'Diversifolia'. 100-130-years-old magnolia trees (Magnolia denudata, M. hypoleuca, M. Kobus, M. liliiflora 'Nigra', M. tripetala) delight visitors. Acidic alluvial soil provides favorable site conditions for different species of rhododendrons and azaleas. The Experimental Station of the FRI in Sárvár is situated in the park. During your walk have a look at the chalk statue of György Koltay (1899-1961), forest engineer, who received a Kossuth Prize for his achievements. Visitors can also come across the Doll House which was built for the children of the Duke of Bavaria, and can look at some of Mihály Németh's statues that were placed here. Apart from the greenhouses and farm buildings, the arboretum can be visited all year round.

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