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NECTAR GARDEN IN GRBA

It can be found at the end of the southern section of the City Orchard at Grba, near Vrhovci alongside the Path of Remembrance and Comradeship.

EDUCATIONAL AND SOCIAL

This oasis of bee foraging is a place to learn about self-sufficiency, a space to socialise and breathe with nature as part of the public orchard at Grba. The nectar garden at Grba has been designed as an attractive and calm place to relax and retreat from the stressful world as right alongside it there are two aesthetic benches with a table, thermometer, post box, bird feeder and insect hotel. 

MEETING PLACE

The public orchard and nectar garden in Grba are intended for residents, passersby, volunteers, groups of preschoolers, families and educational organisations. Letters in the post box prove that the garden lives and breathes. Visitors enjoy the fruit in the nectar garden in line with the principle of “Take a little so that there will be something for everyone”. They are also helping to manage the garden: they have repaired the hotel for wild pollinators, they clear up rubbish and water the garden. A kindergarten visits with watering cans to water the nectar garden and learn something new all year round. 

ADVENTURE TRAIL

The nectar garden is enriched by an innovative didactic adventure trail that winds around the nectar garden. The adventure trail links the public orchard and bee trail, and during the European Green Capital 2016 every family has had a free adventure. It is a wonderful chain: people – nature – bees. This thought is best explained by the following quote: “Each day’s sunlight is special in honey, as it is trapped forever within it. The solar energy is captured by plants in their flowers, and bees take it with the nectar to their hives”. S.G. 

AWARENESS RAISING, EDUCATION, COEXISTENCE AND SOLIDARITY

The concept of the nectar garden at Grba is based on four pillars: awareness raising, education, coexistence and solidarity. The beds have the shape of honeycombs that link the garden with the Bee Trail in Ljubljana. Right next to the nectar garden stands a hotel for insects and bird feeder intended to promote biodiversity and raise awareness about nature conservation. 

Have you ever been to the nectar garden at Grba?

Have you ever been to the nectar garden at Grba?

One special feature of the garden: the post box. Visitors can put into the post box their impressions, letters they would like us to publish on our website, children’s drawings on the theme of a healthy diet and pollinators, desires for the adventure trail and adaptations for it, (e.g. adventure to celebrate a wedding anniversary, adventure for a birthday party and so on).

 

 

DIAMETER OF CERTAIN TREES in the public orchard at Grba

PEAR

161

SWEET CHESTNUT

336

OLIVE

152

APRICOT

52

PLUM

66

APPLE TREE

102

WALNUT

140

Did you know?

This year, eight beds at the nectar garden at Grba were home to more than 100 diverse plant species, which gave food to bees and plants are pollinated by bees and so provide food for us from spices, medicinal herbs to vegetables. It was designed by the Eneja Institute, a social enterprise, which also looks after it with assistance from the City of Ljubljana. It was conceived as a honey therapeutic point for intergenerational learning and apitherapy.

As many as

33

plant species pollinated by bees.

As many as

24

plant species pollinated by bumblebees.

As many as

28

plant species intended for human consumption.

As many as

33

plant species appropriate for use in apitherapy.

In Ljubljana there are already

5

nectar gardens.

In October 2016 these gardens provided seedlings to start three new gardens – Slovenian Philanthropy, Vrhovci kindergarten and Barje Beekeepers’ Association with help from HomeOgarden.

About

27

people a day

visit the nectar garden.

More than

3.400

visitors

since the opening. It was set up in 2016, and opened to the public in June.

I pledge that I will make my own garden on my balcony.

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