The Trsteno Arboretum
agr. eng. Ivan Šimić
Potok 20, Trsteno, 20235 Zaton Veliki
The Trsteno Arboretum is located in the surroundings of Dubrovnik, in the small municipality of Trsteno, and covers an area of 25.5 ha (63 acres). It was established by the end of the fifteenth century as a park and summer residence of the patrician family Gučetić. It has been the property of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts since 1948, when it was donated. The Arboretum reserves a very special place among the old Ragusan, Dalmatian and Mediterranean parks due to its five-century-long continuous development from Gothic-Renaissance, Renaissance-Baroque and Romantic forms to the present. It includes a Gothic-Renaissance park surrounding the fifteenth-century summer residence, which is a monument of garden architecture, and the nineteenth-century neoromantic park at Drvarica. Its collection of exotic and decorative trees and shrubs includes over 300 species and cultivars.
On October 2 and 3, 1991, the Yugoslav Army launched a series of gunboat and air attacks and set the Arboretum ablaze. Most of the Arbore-tum was destroyed by the fire. Fortunately, how-ever, the summer residence and the oldest part of the Arboretum were only partially damaged.
The Trsteno Arboretum near Dubrovnik