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Gardening under a tree house

 

Active getaway in the canopy of trees

Spend your holidays in an ecovillage, sleep up in the trees and enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables from a homegrown garden that is at your disposal during your stay. All this just 300 metres from the famous Bled Lake, and just a couple kilometres from the Triglav National Park and the Julian Alps.

Garden village Bled nature getaway
Photo: Jošt Gantar. Garden village Bled

A stream that runs through a restaurant

When you visit Garden Village Bled, built on 8000 square metres of the abandoned Bled plant nursery, your first stop will be the Garden Restaurant terrace. You will be delighted by the grass growing on the tables, the wooden crates with edible plants and healing herbs, and the Jezernica stream running through the restaurant. A real-life stream which sets a fairytale scene scented by aromatic herbs and spices, such as lavender, thyme, marjoram, sage, basil, and lemongrass.

You will be served the house syrup and a homemade snack, to enjoy on the terrace while taking in the view of the idyllic Garden Village. The syrup flavours change all the time. You can expect syrups made from the plants growing in the village, such as sage, lemon balm, mint, rose, lavender, and elderflower. The garden village advocates self-sufficiency, and in this spirit, the fresh herbs and spices also feature in the toast spread. What they don’t make themselves, they source locally, which is why the bread is organic and baked at a local bakery. The snack will give you energy for a tour of the interesting tree houses, the “bird’s nest” sauna, and other unique features of this village.

slovenian gastronomy in Garden village Bled
Photo: Garden village Bled Archive

Dedicated to sustainability

The entire resort was designed to be completely environmentally friendly. Through carefully designed unique architecture, the abandoned plant nursery was transformed into a one-of-a-kind ecovillage, with its own gardens full of vegetables, fruit, and herbs. The accommodation is also one-of-a-kind, from the tree houses to glamping tents with a hot tub, tents on a pier, and apartments with a whirlpool tub, and tree tents, and there is still more to be discovered. The village has its own water source and heat pump for heating.

In addition to its own self-sufficiency, the aim of the Garden Village is also to encourage its guests to reflect on the food production process and the importance of respectful handling of food. As the village cannot grow enough food to be completely self-sufficient, they collaborate with local farmers and producers, supporting local, home-made, sustainable and healthy food production.

Garden village Bled cuisine
Photo: Nea Culpa

Picking your own vegetables from the garden

During your stay, you are welcome to pick your own fruit and vegetables whenever you want. In the area once occupied by the plant nursery, you can find fruit trees such as apples, plums, persimmon, and cherries, and other plants that offer delicious fruit, such as raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, currant, and the even lesser known juneberries. There are also some nut trees. The most popular among the children and the squirrels that live in the village are definitely the hazelnuts.

You can always pick some herbs to make herbal tea or to spice up your snacks. In addition to the different types of mint, thyme, sage, and marjoram mentioned above, you will also find basil, parsley, and chives. You will definitely discover some herbs you didn’t know before. The garden is filled with different salad greens, onions, brassica family plants, tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and many other vegetables. The veggies growing in this little Garden of Eden naturally change with the seasons.

picking vegetables at Garden village Bled
Photo: Garden village Bled Archive

Walk with the gardener

The man who designed and planted the garden, Jan Bizjak, is now in charge of landscaping in Bled. The gardening is now in the capable hands of Urša Krivc Romih, an environmental protection and municipal services engineer with around 20 years of gardening experience. You can join her for a guided tour of the garden and presentation of some of the plants. Aromatic herbs receive the most attention, since guests are more familiar with them. It’s easier to grow parsley than peppers in a pot on your windowsill, which makes the information about herbs more useful.

City kids especially enjoy the walks with the gardener and like learning about nature, which can be hard to find in the cities. We already mentioned the squirrels, but the guests are also delighted by the myriad of birds that are drawn to the resort by a variety of food and an abundance of water. Among the better known are blackbirds, great tits, robins, swallows, and mallard ducks, but some lesser-known species also come to visit, such as the Eurasian siskin, the European greenfinch, the crested tit, and the blue tit. Nesting boxes and a feeding station have been put up for the birds, which are filled with seeds and nuts from the garden in the winter. In summer, there is an abundance of fruit available to them in the garden, and they tuck in with great gusto.

Photo: Jošt Gantar, Garden village Bled

Luxuriously local breakfast

After you wake up among the trees, a large breakfast will be waiting for you at the Garden Restaurant. All the ingredients are either grown in the garden or locally sourced: local honey by the Ambrožič and Kozinc beekeepers, butter, jams made in the village, for example from currant, blackberries, and juneberries, local cheese and cottage cheese from the Poličar Farm in Bohinj. Herbal teas and syrups are made at the resort.

family at Garden village Bled
Photo: Garden village Bled Archive

To relax even further during your stay at the Garden Village, you can warm up in a sauna which looks like a bird’s nest, and enjoy a relaxing professional massage. In the evenings, you can sit by the open fireplace, and children can play in a wooden playground. The Garden Village is also a great base for exploration of the surrounding nature, as it lies on the doorstep of the Triglav National Park. Upon request, trips can be organised to the surrounding area of Bled and Bohinj, or to the Ročnjek tourist farm in the Triglav National Park.

Enjoy your holidays in a green environment with delicious fresh food. Pick fresh fruit and veggies yourself, and listen to bird songs and the sounds of the stream running through the restaurant while you take in the wonderful view of nature and eat a large and delicious breakfast made from local ingredients.

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