Friday, January 28, 2011
Sárvár Arboretum and Nature Conservation Area in Hungary
Having spent most of my life in places where it rarely snowed, I find these light, frozen water crystals and the effect they have on a tree, a lawn, a path, a bridge absolutely enchanting. We spent a heavenly morning wandering through the Arboretum and Nature Conservation Area in Hungary, once the property of the monarch of the Austro-Hungarian empire. A 16th century imperial vegetable and flower garden, the area fell into disuse until it was replanted by Bavarian forestry engineers in the early 1800s and further enriched in the 1930s. It was significantly damaged during the war, however, as trees were cut for firewood. The next major restoration was in the 1960s and, while the results of those labors are generally what is seen today, you can still enjoy some oaks that are hundreds of years old here.