The arboretum is situated between the beautiful villages of Jedovnice and Křtiny. It was founded in 1928 by August Bayer, a professor in the Faculty of Forestry at Mendel University in Brno at that time. To this day, students and experts from all around the world come here to educate themselves. Here they can see with their own eyes lianas, for example, or an admirable collection of willows with more than two hundred kinds of hybrids and cultivars. The umbrella-pine from faraway Japan is also doing well here.
Visitors will appreciate the beauty of the local greenery even if they are not expert botanists. The arboretum is part of a vast forestry kingdom called the Forestry Pantheon (Lesnický Slavín), which celebrates the work of foresters and people who love nature, as well as animals and trees. Every Saturday throughout the whole growing season, you can draw strength from the twenty-three hectares of nature in the arboretum: meadows around the stream, forest slopes, and a pond that looks like something out of a fairy tale.
We can recommend the Trees of the Czech Republic (Domácí Dřeviny) nature trail. Here you can encounter twenty-five wooden statues made by students and one hundred and forty kinds of trees typical for the Czech Republic, each of them marked with an information board, and also a moorland and a heathland on the way. Children from the city can learn what the difference between an oak and a beech is, but most importantly, everybody can have a rest from noise and stress.
In the stories in his book The Secret Life of Trees, the German forester Peter Wohlleben explains that trees are far from boring, on the contrary, they are rather fascinating living creatures. Did you know that trees can pass messages among each other, actively bring up their children and fight against pests? If you read Wohlleben’s book before you visit the Arboretum Křtiny, the stories you will tell during the walk will be interesting even for teenagers or children addicted to their smartphones.
Before you go back home from the arboretum, you can continue to the nearby Moravian Karst!