Due to the worldwide situation, we moved most of the International Wild Flower Festival into the digital dimension. 🌞 We are sorry for not being able to share our beloved green and flowery oasis with you on-site as usual, but we hope this year’s virtual upgrade of the festival brings you some joy, serenity and new insights. And maybe also some inspiration for adding new ideas to your travel bucket list.
If you are here in Bohinj, you can discover the landscape and meadows individually and these video guides and workshops will definitely deepen your understanding of the area.
VIRTUAL PROGRAMME (POST FROM FACEBOOK AND LINKS TO YOUTUBE VIDEOS):
Virtual events are presented by locals in the Slovene language, and some of them (mostly botanical tours) also contain English captions. Posting order: newest on top. Join us in our social media communities and share your thoughts.
SPECTACULAR TRIBUTE TO SPRING, FLOWERS, BEES, NATURE AND SOCIALISING
JOIN US BETWEEN MAY 23 AND JUNE 7, 2020
International Wild Flower Festival is definitely on! But due to the world-wide situation, we will move it mostly into the digital dimension. While we are still working on the programme, we are making sure, there will be something interesting for everybody.
For more information, follow us on the Facebook event, where the video workshops will be presented.
BOHINJ IN BLOOM 2019 BOOKLET
WHY CELEBRATE FLOWERS WITH A FESTIVAL?
Even before more than 100 years ago when the railway enabled the development of tourism in Bohinj, people had visited Bohinj by carriages or on their own feet so they could see and admire the picturesque and interesting flora and the beauty of nature.
Balthazar Hacquet (1739 or 1740 – 1815), renown Breton natural scientist, traveller and explorer, wrote passionately on botanical riches of Bohinj mountains in his Oryctographia Carniolica which was issued in three parts in Leipzig during 1778 and 1789:
“Oh, how many times I wanted to live my life here as a shepherd, to be able to explore this landscape full of beautiful flowers! How many rare flowers, which I will not be able to see otherwise, could I find there! The mighty mountain range has a number of different climates; therefore many various plants grow there! The part that faces the sea is constantly covered with sun rays. The northern side does not see the sun at all …”
Many other explorers and admirers of Bohinj’s botanical riches followed him. From early spring, when first flowers sneak out from under the snow, until autumn, Bohinj offers the experience of magnificent beauties of alpine flowers.
The festival will last for a fortnight and provide a bouquet of events that have one thing in common – the presentation of alpine flowers in all kinds of environment in Bohinj (along with the waters, meadows, hills, mountains). The purpose of this festival is to remind the local people and the visitors of the unique natural advantage of Bohinj as a tourist destination in the sense of nature preservation and tourism. On the other hand, we wish to develop more tourist-like products that are connected to Bohinj’s natural and cultural heritage, Triglav National Park and similar trends.
The people of the Bohinj area of Slovenia are rightly proud of their long alpine farming heritage and the high quality of their environment. Wild Flowers continue to this day to play an important part in our local culture and while farming methods are changing and young people are becoming less directly involved in managing the land, there is a strong desire to promote and raise awareness of our unique natural and cultural heritage. It is with this background that the local community in 2007 held the first ever “Bohinj International Wild Flower Festival”.
It is in part, through their efforts that we now feel confident enough to promote our heritage more widely afield and hold such a Festival. During the Festival we propose to have three main “themes” for the many events which will be dispersed throughout the area at different venues.
WE ARE ALSO ANNOUNCING:
15TH INTERNATIONAL WILD FLOWER FLOWER FESTIVAL:
MAY 28 – JUNE 13, 2021
Not many regions in the Alps can boast a more diverse flora than the area of Bohinj! This relatively small area is characterised by severalaltitudinal belts up to the highest peaks reaching far above the forest line. Vast forests, fields, mountain meadowsand various wetlands – from the shore of Lake Bohinj to the high moors … all this gives an attentive nature lover a chance to experience unforgettable beauties and discoveries.
The richness of flora also invites butterflies and bees. Bohinj and its surrounding areas are a wonderful place for watching butterflies flying from blossom to blossom and for the apiculture, which has a long tradition here.
Numerous plants owe their existence and survival to people. The thousand-year lasting cohabitation of human and nature has formed the landscape in the Julian Alps and also a living space for many plants.
Without the diligent work of the local people the fields would be overgrown by forest, which would higher in the mountains turn into mountain pines and rocks – all the beautiful floral richness of meadows from the valley up to the mountains would be lost.
Based on the native breed of cattle – the so called “cika”, the cattle breeding required a respectful and well considered use of what the nature provides. Due to a wet climate elaborate constructions had to be built – hayracks to dry hay and wooden hay barns to preserve the hay through the winter. The herdsmen on the high-pastures were dwelling in herdsmen huts in the mountains.
All this gave the landscape around Bohinj a special character – a precious cultural landscape of immense beauty was formed, which the local people are justly proud of.
For the preservation of the rich flora of Bohinj and the Alps in general, it is crucial to preserve the cultural landscape with extensive cattle breeding – with traditional ways of harvesting hay.
The International Wild Flower Festival is also intended for the search of a way for a harmony of human and nature in the future – so that even our children will be able to admire the enchanting blooming fields.
ABOUT TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK
The Triglav National Park (TNP) is the only Slovenian national park. The park was named after Triglav, the highest mountain in the heart of the park, which is also the highest summit in Slovenia (2864 m). The origin of the name Triglav is rather uncertain. Triglav (“three-headed”) owes its name to its characteristic shape as seen from the south-east side or to the highest Slavic deity who was supposed to have its throne on the top of the mountain. The mountain is a true national symbol and is featured on the national coat of arms and the flag.
The Triglav National Park extends along the Italian border and close to the Austrian border in the north-west of Slovenia, that is, in the south-eastern section of the Alps. Its territory is nearly identical with that occupied by the Eastern Julian Alps. The park covers 880 square kilometres, or 3 % of the territory of Slovenia. The Triglav National Park is among the earliest European parks; the first protection dates back to 1924 when the Alpine Conservation Park was founded. The principal task of the Triglav National Park Public Institution is the protection of the park, but it also carries out specialist and research tasks.
Natura 2000 is the centrepiece of EU nature & biodiversity policy. It is an EUwide network of nature protection areas established under the 1992 Habitats Directive.
The aim of the network is to assure the long-term survival of Europe’s most valuable and threatened species and habitats. It is comprised of Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) designated by Member States under the Habitats Directive, and also incorporates Special Protection Areas (SPAs) which they designate under the 1979 Birds Directive.
They belong to the so-called Alpine-limestone flora, which is among the richest in Europe. Some plant species only grow in the Bohinj Region, and thus they were named after Bohinj or Mt. Triglav.
Use Only Memory Sticks for Picking Flowers
Certain plant species are rare, and picking would endanger their existence even more. If you would like to take their beauty with you, take a photo of them. Let us diligently protect them from picking, so they can continue to perform their role in the ecosystem and forever beautify the wonderful Alpine world.
Rich Variety of Bohinj Flora
Plants are a part of many stories and tales. The most famous is the Triglav Flower (Potentilla nitida), which played a part in the tale about the Goldenhorn. Its layout, diverse terrain, altitude difference, the influence of the Mediterranean sea, and the geological characteristics have contributed to the extraordinary variety of different plant life.
In the valley, we can find colourful meadow flora (spring gentian, arnica, bellflowers…)
In spring, lower plateaus are adorned by the slipper orchid, Bohinj iris, Clusius’ gentian…
The Fužinarske Gore mountains are rich in scree flora, which appears above 2000 metres (Potentilla nitida, Eritrichium nanum, Gentiana terglouensis, Crepis Terglouensis…)
By the end of June, orchids and the edelweiss also appear
A special place is held by plant species of highland marshes; the marshes developed because of peat moss
Alpine plants have a special role in the fragile Alpine ecosystem
The Forests of Bohinj
Forests cover most of the region
The characteristic species are: beech, spruce, larch, and dwarf pine
All tree species must be adapted to harsh conditions
Parts of the TNP are forest preserves (completely natural development without interference)
You can also visit thick trees
Picking Mushrooms, Fruits and Herbs
You can pick mushrooms, wild berries, herbs…
Amateur mushroom picking is at its most intensive in August and September
In the TNP, you may only gather on the periphery of the park
The general limit for mushroom picking is 2 kilograms per person
Mushrooms must be roughly cleaned already in their habitat
The use of accessories that might harm plants is prohibited while gathering