Medicinal and aromatic plants at the Institute of Hop Research and Brewing in Žalec, Slovenia began in 1976 with the aim to set up a pan-Slovenian center for the production, processing and application of medicinal and aromatic plants. Author for this idea were: prof. dr. Tone Wagner – agronomist, prof. dr. Franc Sušnik – biologist, prof. dr. Pavle Bohinc – the pharmacist.
It was placed garden of medicinal and aromatic plants at the beginning, which was a collection of 40 different traditional, autohtonic medicinal and aromatic plants in Slovenia. Over the years, the collection grew through the exchange of seeds and plants from the botanical gardens or similar institutions from Europe and the world. Today, the garden planted about 250 different species of medicinal and aromatic plants. Garden surface area of 0.30 ha. In the garden, we study the growth and development of some species, quantity and quality of the yield, attack the diseases and pests. Garden supply is in accordance with the organic guidelines. Yield of garden is organic seed.
Tasks in the field of medicinal and aromatic plants at the Institute and are related to the garden are:
- scientific research;
- advisory work;
Within the garden we offer:
- sales of organic seeds and seedlings of medicinal and aromatic plants;
- consulting for growing medicinal and aromatic plants;
- tours of the garden