Silesian Botanical Garden


Prologue

Silesian Botanical Garden

A natural resource survey in 1996 showed that Mokre, a district of Mikołów (Poland), contains a unique natural environment. This was the beginning of Silesian Botanical Garden (SiBG), which have received permission from the Minister of the Environment in 2002. Since that moment SiBG is engaged in biodiversity conservation, ecological education and organization of cultural events for inhabitants of the Silesian Voivodeship.

In 2011 SiBG has moved to the site of an abandoned military base on Sosnia Gora hill. The abandoned buildings were turned into the administrative centre, conference rooms, scientific laboratories and the library, topped with a viewing tower which is 14 meters high and from which there is a picturesque view of Upper Silesia and the Beskidy mountains.

The centre is surrounded by a park. There are 20 ha of plant collections and 3 kilometres of recreational and educational trails. The park includes a playground built with ecological and user-friendly materials, open for children of all ages.