“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
Robert Louis Stevenson
The first botanical garden in Carniola was established in 1781. Its founder,Karl von Zois , an amateur botanist, set it in park of his family estate, Brdo Castle. With help of his brother, Sigmund Zois Freiherr von Edelstein, prominent figure in Enlightenment Era in the Slovene Lands, he planted not only indigenous plants, but many foreign as well. Plants were collected from Carniola, there was set first alpinum, and others bought from abroad. In 1782 first hyacinths arrived in the garden. Captain Cook sent some plants from his Tahiti expedition to the owner of the garden, yet they arrived in poor condition as Karl sadly wrote in his garden diary
Lack of money and love for botany, as difficult growing conditions for alpinum, all together resulted in Brdo botanical garden fading into castle park after Karl Zois death.
The property has changed prominent owners in the next centuries and many interesting guests walked down the garden paths. I wonder how many of them knew about little black Karl Zois garden diary where everything planted was documented. Yet as the owners of the property and garden have changed,as important guests have returned back home, the seeds from that garden diary remain to grow as many botanical gardens across the country.The Brdo park stays as gorgeous witness of the times when hyacinth bloomed for the very first time here around.