THE SILVA TAROUCA RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR LANDSCAPE AND ORNAMENTAL GARDENING
The Silva Tarouca Research Institute is a multidisciplinary research institute of ninety years’ standing. Its activities include the study of long-term development and changes in land utilization, identifying the natural, cultural and historical heritage features of the cultivated landscape and monuments of landscape gardening, surveys of landscape fragmentation and research concerning natural temperate forests. The Institute also monitors the quality of the various elements making up the habitat, by means of selected biomarkers. It deals with landscape pathologies and investigates harmful agents in non-cultivated plants, studies urban green spaces, optimizes plant cultivation methodologies with the emphasis on plant nutrition, biotechnology and cross-breeding as well as research into biomass for energy use. The findings of the Institute are made use of by public administration bodies, as well as by public and private enterprises.
The name Dendrological Gardens derives fromn the Greek words ‘dendron’ (tree, wood) and ‘logos’ (word, in the sense of learning, a doctrine) – a site, spanning some 72 hectares of public-access land hosting a collection of notable woody plants. Since the early 20th century the site has been progressively collating an extensive collection of rhododendrons, roses, ornamental apple trees, lilacs, meadowsweet shrubs, sakura cherry trees, and conifers. The collections include the cultivars of Průhonice-based cross-breeding, in particular of rhododendrons, roses, weigelas and cinquefoils. In the last decade attention has focused on the gene pool of tree species endemic to the Czech Republic, and of protected trees. Currently being established are reference areas for the study of species tolerant to drought and high temperatures.
FOR THE PUBLIC
- Seasonal exhibitions of plants
- Thematic guided tours
- Educational courses for nursery and primary schools
- Specialist excursions-for secondary schools and colleges
- Professional seminars and workshops