Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden presents a valuable collection of living plants that serves a critical purpose in the fields of science and education.

Preservation of the gene pool and bringing nature closer to people.

Botanical tower tasks

The main task of botanical gardens is to preserve and enhance existing genetic diversity, as well as to provide a direct observation of the richness of nature and bring nature closer to humans.

From the 1950s to later implementation

History of Ideas

The idea of creating a botanical garden within the Zoo and Park complex at Palić dates back to 1950 when the park was first established.
However, it was not realized until much later, as there was already valuable native vegetation on the territory of the zoo. Therefore, the decision was made to create a garden with a predetermined plant collection of a park character.

Dendroflora

Frame for a classical botanical garden

Along the northern border of the garden is a strip of conifers, and along the southern border are deciduous trees and shrubs. These zones not only enrich the garden’s flora, but also serve an ecological role as a protective barrier, reducing the impact of winds, noise, and dust, and contributing to a favorable microclimate in the area.

Sharing space for various vegetation elements

Zoning

The entire area of the garden is divided into two sections. Around 10 hectares are formed as a typical park area, where solitary trees and small compositions with emphasized horticultural content are present in the central part. A surface of about 5 hectares has retained its natural properties of indigenous vegetation typical for this climate and represents individual biotopes: wetland, meadow, and forest.

Guardians of Stories and Beauty of the Zoo Garden

Plants at Palic Zoo.

Plants in Palić Zoo are not just for decoration. They are a key component of this picturesque environment. Century-old oak trees, Panchić’s fir, ginkgo biloba, and colorful flowers together create the richness and diversity of nature in this garden. Each plant carries its own unique story, whether it is about history, rarity, or ecological significance.

We highlight several plants that decorate our garden.

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Centennial Shrubs

From existing dendromaterial, the most valuable are century-old oak trees (Quercus robur). Their estimated age is approximately 300 years.

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo biloba – a species originating from the Triassic period – with a distinctive parallel vein structure on its leaves.

Pancic's spruce and cedars

The Serbian spruce is known for its exceptional narrow pyramid shape and the Panchićeva omorika tree, which is significant as a tertiary relic and an endemic species of the Balkan Peninsula. The cedar trees are also striking and beautiful examples. These specimens have withstood the long-lasting frosts of -30°C in 1985, but with considerable damage to the bark of the trunks.

Flowering and bulbous plants

In addition to well-maintained green areas and a significant dendro-material fund, seasonal flowers contribute the most to the color and dynamics of the garden. Every year, the garden is decorated with around 60,000 annual and biennial flowers (with over 150 varieties). Bulbous and tuberous flowers (crocuses, tulips, daffodils, cannas, dahlias, lilies, irises, etc.) are also well-represented.

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