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All the Shades of Green - Folly Arboretum

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 — Veronika Szandtner

Photo: Sebestyén Blanka/welovebalaton.hu

In spite of pauses, the Folly Arboretum in Badacsonyörs has been evolving throughout four generations. The planting of the first trees and the foundation of the winery are compliments to the work of the great-granddad. Since then, the arboretum has survived the Socialism, expatriation, and a systems change, but now to is again in the hands of the Folly family. No room for shades of grey here: you are surrounded by greenery ion all directions.

Following the storms of history, the Folly Arboretum in Badacsonyörs was returned to the Folly family yet again. It was the great-grandfather who started planting Hungarian tree and plant rarities at the family estate, and the grandfather of the family continued his work-

Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu

Folly Arboretum and Winery

8257 Badacsonyörs, Kápolnavölgyi út 25.
+36 70 338 7377

In the Communist era, both the family home an the huge garden were expropriated by the state. Today, the arboretum is run by Réka Folly, whose father was the one to reclaim the expropriated lands and open the mini arboretum (that had previously functioned as a family garden and vineyard) to the public.

Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu
Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu

No family member has escaped the attraction of trees, flowers and grapes: Réka had once imagined her life as a dentist, but in the end  she and her family moved to Badacsonyörs solely for the purpose of operating the arboretum. They are on the process of renewing their grandparents house by the rows of grape, and the family will soon live in the arboretum.

Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu

Réka is responsible for the plant-related issues, while his brother manages the winery. They deal primarily in white wine: the Folly wines are based on Pinot gris, muscat ottonelbudai zöld and Welschriesling.

Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu

The house below is for wine tastings, but you can also walk up to the highest point of the arboretum with a glass held in your hand and lose yourself in the panorama.

Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu

The Folly estate is capable of surmounting other arboretums: it is situated - unusually for arboretums - on a hillside.

Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu
Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu

The great-granddad and the grandad did try to acclimatize exotic trees imported from other European countries, but the climate and the soil were not ideal for their survival.

Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu

We've had no problems with the selection: during our walks we surely bumped into a few hundred years old cedar .

Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu
Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu

The family cultivates a spice garden by the house and also operates a nursery garden, where one can purchase small bushes and various plants.

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