Protection of endangered plant species in the Botanic Garden of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow

View of the walking paths and the newly glazed greenhouse

The reconstruction of the Victoria greenhouse was done to modernize the facility and guarantee greater comfort for tourists, employees visiting the place and, first of all, for plants growing in the greenhouse. A date palm from the Canary Islands will be the most important specimen in the newly created greenhouse. It is about 150 years old and is probably the oldest date palm growing under glass in Europe. The enormous plant urgently needed a taller facility in order to continue to develop, as it was already reaching the top of the previous greenhouse and was slowly dying. The aim of the project was to carry out comprehensive renovation works, which consisted in the expansion and reconstruction of the greenhouse facility (the height of the greenhouse increased by 7m, as compared to the previous one) and the winter box with electrical installations and modern land development. The works included a modernization of the existing heating system, new spacers and connections were made. The boiler room located on the site has been modernized in accordance with the applicable regulations and technical requirements of the facility. The greenhouse structure has been designed as a steel frame in the form of a lattice, its façade is made entirely of glass, and the roof has an arched shape, resembling a dome in the upper part. Inside, professional shading blinds have been installed on southern walls. The Victoria greenhouse has an individual climate control system that is perfectly adapted to the requirements of tropical plants. The fact that it has been adapted to the needs of people with physical disabilities is an additional advantage of the facility.


Name of the beneficiary: Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences
The title of the project: Reconstruction and extension of greenhouse no. 5 and the winter box, being part of the "Victoria" greenhouse complex in the Botanical Garden of the Jagiellonian University
The value of co-financing from the European Union: 5,78 mln PLN
Project value: 6,82 mln PLN