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The largest dendrological park in Hungary was founded in the late 1800s by an Italian family named Bolza. The harmonious groups of trees and the mowed lawns of the landscaped garden offer a relaxing experience to nature-loving visitors at any time of the year. The garden provides a magical vision of spring flowering and autumn foliage for visitors. Therefore, with hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, the Arboretum is the most important tourist destination in the region. There visitors can take advantage of a variety of programs and services in addition to the arboretum walk.

The dendrological park is open every day throughout the year. We recommend spending a minimum of 2-3 hours exploring the garden at a comfortable pace. Information boards, a map included with the ticket, and additional route maps or publications available in the gift shop can all help you while wandering. Disabled people can take a barrier-free route for 1000 meters on the small round lane in the park’s central area and 2500 meters on the Bolza Mariette alley.

The Szarvas Arboretum includes five dendrological collections on 82 hectares. The most valuable and oldest collection of plants is found in the central part of the garden, in Pepi’s garden, where species that are hundreds of years old create a unique island in the middle of the Hungarian plain. The parts of the dendrological park that are open to visitors are: Count Pepi’s Garden, Mitrovszky Garden, Forest Park, and Kitchen Garden. The latter is on the right on the road to the port. Access to the nursery is forbidden because the seedlings of the species are kept here. 

In the dendrological park you can find more than 1600 woody plants and shrubs, of which 1200 are deciduous. Registered plants provide the gene bank and the nursery. In addition to trees and shrubs, there are about 250 species of herbaceous plants. At the same time, the species-rich flora is abundant with insects and birds. The number of bird species is almost 150, some of which are migratory or intermittent. 

It is a priority to keep the plants registered in the dendrological park. As a result of many years of development, the garden has evolved and expanded steadily, and plant collections have become almost natural habitats. Following nationalization, the arboretum had several owners. The park has expanded and new collections have been planted. In 1985, it was transformed into an independent institute within the University of Horticulture and Food Industry. It currently belongs to the Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences as an educational and research center.

Szarvasi Arborétum