Urban jungle in the city

Urban jungle in the city

How to create your own urban jungle in Wroclaw?

Urban jungle in the city
Urban jungle

There’s no better way to bring freshness and harmony into your life than to surround yourself with plants. Creating your own urban jungle in the city is not that difficult as you think.

Urban jungle and the love for plants seem to be everywhere lately. It is a huge trend in the interiors and design.  Tired of the cold and monochrome spaces, people prefer to be surrounded by the cosy and calm colours and shapes of the plants. There is a huge connection between love for plants and clean living and digital detoxing.

And indoor plants keep us reconnected to the nature. They have significant impact both on our physical and mental well being. They purify the air from toxins and release the oxygen back. Most of all they improve our sleep, decrease stress and anxiety levels and improve our cognitive performance.

Plants help us pursue a healthier and better lifestyle. While taking care of them we learn how to be patient again. In the world of instant gratification, plants make us slow down and wait for the result.

Creating your own urban jungle in the city is rather not difficult, but below are some helpful place that will get you started in Wroclaw.

Projekt Rośliny is a shop located on Kluczborska 3 Street. Two friends created this place out of their love for plants. They offer the advise on which plants to choose and what’s more how to take care of them. Their love and passion for plants is visible on each page of the book they wrote together, also called Projekt Rośliny.

Akademia Miejskiego Ogrodnika is a series of meetings and workshops held in Barbara on Świdnicka 8B Street. Each meeting consists of theoretical lecture about a chosen subject, connected with plants and also a practical workshop, where participants can check their knowledge in practice. What is even more useful, participants can share plants, seedlings and seeds between each other. Meetings are free of charge.

Last recommended place is Natura Rzeczy. It is a shop and a gallery filled with beautiful objects and plants.  Place promotes polish designers and organizes workshops that help participants discover their inner creativity and helps them find their inner peace.  One of the workshop teaches how to create our own forest in the jar.

It’s difficult only until you try it, so go on and create your own urban jungle in the city. Good luck!

Where to go for a short vacation trip from Wrocław?

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The city is nice but hey! It is summer, time for a trip.
If You are searching for a little rest, nature,mountains, art and music-  Sokołowsko might be great place for You. It is not that far from Wrocław. You only need two days off,  backpack and a train ticket. Oh, and friends to share great moments with.

HISTORY OF SOKOŁOWSKO

Until the mid-nineteenth century  Goerbersdorf- a small mountain village did not differ in any way from other villages belonging to the Hochbergs. In 1845, countess von Colomb came here for a vacation. She was enchanted by the landscape and convinced by the uniqueness of the place so she persuaded her brother-in-law  Dr Hermann Brehmer
to create a health resort there. In 1945, in honor of the count’s friendship with Professor Alfred Sokołowski, the village received a new name – Sokołowsko.
In 1855 Sokołowsko became a place of the world’s first specialist tuberculosis sanatorium. After World War II, the spa was reclassified from the tuberculosis profile to the treatment profile for respiratory diseases. In the following years, attempts were made to create a Provincial Winter Sports Center. Unfortunatelly it turned out to be a costly undertaking and the implementation has never been completed.
In October 2005, the inhabitants of Sokołowsko heard an explosion,
a moment later the building was consumed by a fire. The fire burned the whole roof of the sanatorium building. The wooden elements disappeared, the vaults collapsed, the wall and ceiling paintings were burned.
A new, surprising chapter in the history of Sokołowsko was the purchase of the object by the Contemporary Art Foundation, which main goal was to rebuild the burned Sanatorium of Dr. Brehmer and create the International Laboratory of Culture there.

Sokołowsko - dawne sanatorium Grunwald
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Międzynarodowe Laboratorium Kultury (d. sanatorium Grunwald), ul. Różana, Sokołowsko
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NEW LIFE OF SOKOŁOWSKO WITH “IN SITU” FOUNDATION

In Situ Foundation, which means “in place” was founded in 2004 in Podkowa Leśna by artists Bożenna Biskupska and Zygmunt Rytka. “In situ is an activity in a place that, no matter where it is located, can become an art space. In Situ initiates the possibility of creation of infinite permutations, number of solutions and searches, creates
a field and the conditions for action and the interpenetration of time, space, people and various areas, and above all, create zones for a free creative and scientific research process.”- tells Bożenna BiskupskaIn 2012, the headquarters from Warsaw were moved to Sokołowsko. Along with the new president, Zuzanna Fogtt, new goals have been defined: “Creating space for the implementation of international artistic projects, diverse and interdisciplinary creative activities, research, meetings, confronting views, exchanges and experiences, as well as popularizing innovative artistic attitudes.”

ACTIVITIES, ART, FESTIVALS

The cyclical activities of the In Situ foundation include: Ephesus Art Festival Konteksty/The Contexts, Hommage à Kieślowski, Sanatorium Dźwięku/ Sound Sanatorium.

SOUND SANATORIUM

In Sokołowsko, postmodern chaos arose from a mixture of Neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings, and the fauna and flora of the mountain landscapes proved to be the perfect basis for the experimental music festival – Sanatorium Dźwięku – a festival created by Zuzanna Fogtt and Gerard Lebik. The festival presents a wide spectrum of musical forms of the XX / XXI century – concerts, realizations from the border of sound art, interdisciplinary performance. The festival takes place in Health Kinoteatre in Sokołowiec, in the Multimedia Hall, Spa Park, but also within the ruins of the nineteenth-century sanatorium. Every year, the festival attracts hundreds of music lovers from around the world. The fifth edition of the festival did not receive funding from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, therefore the foundation conducts a fundraising campaign from voluntary donors, so that this year the patients could come to the music session to the Sanatorium Dźwięku.

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HOMMAGE A KIEŚLOWSKI

Three-day celebration for the greatest cinema enthusiasts, especially Kieślowski’s films, but also those “after Kieślowski”, ie debutants, students of film schools, directors and directors who created after 2000. Away from the urban momentum Sokołowsko becomes a meeting place for film creators and recipients, it gives the opportunity to meet famous actors, directors and interact with them in the extraordinary beauty of landscapes “For three festival days, we propose discussions, introductions to films referring to the spirit of the DKF and promoting cinema as a place to broaden the horizons of thought, putting into question our own, often unfair or outdated opinions.”. The festival program is divided into three parts. Documentary cinema “Without fiction”, a European feature film “Re: Interpretations” and Kieślowski’s films, meaning “Hommage and Kieślowski.” Film screenings are intertwined with a discussion between film scientists, philosophers, filmmakers and the audience. Kieślowski said: “Live and look carefully!”

The festival realizes this idea.

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THE CONTEXTS

Festival of Ephemeral Art. Performance art festival. With this project, the In Situ foundation proves once again that art can be at the fingertips of every human being. Periodically the performers of the performance and its recipients gather in Sokołowsko.They are looking for the answer to the question: “Is art a foreign body in society or maybe its integral element? ” Apart from the world-famous artists during the Konteksty Festival, there will also be a place for the” Open Platform “, a section enabling young artists to present their realizations.

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DESTINATION: Sokołowsko
TRANSPORT:
TRAIN: From Wrocław to Wałbrzych
BUS: From Wałbrzych to Mieroszów, the stop is Sokołowsko
WHERE TO STAY: Villa Rosa ( artistic, open-minded place)
WHAT TO TAKE: a pair of comfortble boots

5 natural landscapes of Poland

landscapes of Poland

1- PIENINY MOUNAINS NATIONAL PARK

HEART OF PIENINY MOUNTAINS

 

 

 

 

 

The Pieniny National Park is one of Poland’s national parks, a small park declared in 1932 that protects the heart of the Pieniny Mountains, a small mountain range located in the Lower Silesia Voivodship in the south of the country. If you are looking landscapes of Poland – this is it!

The national park is located in the southernmost part of Poland, on the border with Slovakia. The Pieniny mountain range is divided into three parts:

  • Pieniny Spiskie,
  • Male Pieniny
  • and Pieniny Właściwe (where the park is located).

The surface of the park is 23.46 km², of which it is covered with forests in 13.11 km². A third part (7.5 km²) are strictly protected.

location: Szczawnica 34-450, Poland

2- ERRANT ROCKS

GET LOST IN THE STONE LABYRINTH

 

This amazing rock maze on the ridge of Skalniak (915 m altitude) is situated in the Stołowe Mountains National Park. The rock blocks are scattered on the area of ​​21.14 hectares and create a charming tourist route, which often forces us to squeeze through cracks between the rocks. Easy access from Kudowa Zdrój to Karłów by car or walking along the red trail – around 2.5 hours.

location:  ul. Sloneczna 31 | Stołowe Mountains National ParkKudowa-Zdroj 57-350, Poland

3- LAKE MORSKIE OKO

A LOST PARADISE

 

Is the largest and fourth-deepest lake in the Tatra Mountains. It is located deep within the Tatra National Park, Poland, in the Rybi Potok (the Fish Brook) Valley, of the High Tatras mountain range at the base of the Mięguszowiecki Summits, in Lower Silesia Voivodeship.

Location: Palenica Bialczanska | 49°11′49″N 20°04′12″ETatra National Park 34-500, Poland.

4- GIEWONT MOUNTAIN

THREE PEAKS, ONE MOUNTAIN

Giewont is a mountainous massif in the Tatra Mountains of Poland, and it has an altitude of 1,895 meters AMSL at its highest point. It comprises three peaks (all m / meters in AMSL):

  • Little Giewont – (Polish Mały Giewont, 1,728 m)
  • Great Giewont – (Wielki Giewont, 1,895 m)
  • Long Giewont – (Długi Giewont, 1,867 m).
  • There is a mountain pass located between Great and Long Giewont, known as Szczerba (1,823 m). It is located between the valleys (doliny) of Kondratowa, Małej Łąki and Strążyska.

Long Giewont and Great Giewont are located at a higher altitude than city of Zakopane, therefore, its are clearly visible from that city. At Great Giewont, there is a 15 m steel cross (erected in 1901) – the site of religious pilgrimages. The area is notorious for its dangerous nature during thunderstorms, so this should be taken into account when approaching the summit.

Location: Western TatrasZakopane, Poland

5- BIESZCZADY NATIONAL PARK

THE THIRD LARGEST NATIONAL PARK IN POLAND
Bieszczady National Park is the third largest national park in Poland, located in Subcarpathian Voivodeship in the extreme corner of the country, bordering Slovakia and Ukraine. Landscapes of Poland? This my favourite.
Forests cover about 80% of Bieszczady National Park. The woods are mainly natural; in some cases it can be said that they have preserved their pristine character. The highest peak in the park, Tarnica, is 1,346 metres (4,416 ft) above sea level.

Animal life is abundant with several species of endangered animals thriving in the area, among them:

  • bears,
  • wolves,
  • wildcats,
  • wild boars,
  • beavers,
  • otters,
  • and lynxes as well as deer,
  • moose and European bisons (around 100 live in the area).

The park contains interesting bird species, including eagles and owls, and is home to the largest Polish population of Aesculapian snakes.

The park is sparsely populated (less than 1 person per km²), which means that animals can roam freely. The region is very popular among tourists, but there are not many facilities. Around 70% of the park is regarded as strict preserve, which means that the use of trails is restricted. The park’s authorities promote walking trips.

Location: Lutowiska 2 | PodkarpacieLutowiska 38-713, Poland.

Plants in Wroclaw – Tour around Wroclaw for plants enthusiassts

plants in Wroclaw

 If you’re a fan of plants I invite you for non-obvious trip.
There is nothing more inseparable from humanity than nature. Nowadays, plants are becoming a very strong trend in fashion and indoor design; but today I want to pull you out of couch and make you go outside. I’d like to show you some places in Wroclav, where you can admire different kinds of plants.

Botanical Garden
First point on our tour map is Botanical Garden with Green House inside. The object is open between 2nd of April and 12th of November. During a few months, we can observe plants and flowers daily. And a ticket for student cost 10 PLN. Garden is located near well-known, historical Ostrów Tumski.

In Wroclav’s Garden you can admire cacti and other succulents in a historic Cactus House, as well as in two greenhouses where succulents of Africa and of Mexico are presented. Under the greenhouse’s roofs there is an impressive collection of exotic plants originating from warmer climatic zones. This is the best place to make “tropical” photos and breathe fresh air in the middle of the city.

Flower Shop

Leaving the Garden, we go to the newly opened place on the map of Wroclav. rośliny.  is a modern and minimalistic store. Here, the plants are in the spotlight. We can gain knowledge of how to take care about different types of plants and buy a beautiful seedling, too. I also recomand  you to find them on Instagram. They’re amazing.
rośliny.

Planty Mural
Next place we’re going to visit is a beautiful mural, located near Galeria Dominikańska. It has been painted on one of Wierzbowa Street’s walls, surrounded by modern office buildings.
 
Read more about murals.

Maze at Brochów
The last stop on the track is the Labyrinth at Wroclaw Brochów. The labyrinth that you will find in the park, today is a hornbeam labyrinth designed in the 1990s as part of a revitalization project. A walk through the maze is a game; it might give you some adrenalin. Having a long walk in the tunnel, after another turn you may come across a wall and have to turn back.

I hope you will enjoy my tips for spending your “green” day in Wroclaw!