Armenia nature

Stepanavan: near the city & Dendropark

The Stepanavan Dendropark (also called Sojut, arm. – Սոճուտ) is an arboretum located near Gyulagarak (arm. – Գյուլագարակ) village, Armenia’s Lori province (about 85 km north of Yerevan). It was established in 1933 by Polish engineer-forester Edmon Leonovich. The arboretum is 35 ha in total of which 17.5 ha consist of natural forest and 15 ha of ornamental trees.

Entering the Stepanavan Dendropark
Entering the Stepanavan Dendropark
Stepanavan Dendropark
Stepanavan Dendropark
Stepanavan Dendropark
Stepanavan Dendropark
Stepanavan Dendropark
Stepanavan Dendropark
Stepanavan Dendropark
Stepanavan Dendropark – Pinus Nigra Tree

This collection expanded along the newly-constructed footpaths and vistas which began to reach into the natural forest and is thought to be the first place in the Transcaucasus, where a natural forest landscape had been reshaped into a Forest Park.

Stepanavan Dendropark
Stepanavan Dendropark – triple tree
Stepanavan Dendropark
Stepanavan Dendropark – trees to the skies
Stepanavan Dendropark
Stepanavan Dendropark – Picea Pungens tree (եղևնի փշոտ)

The Stepanavan Dendropark consists of deciduous forest and ornamental plantings with avenues of Lime (Tilia cordata), and wild sourced specimens of Juglans, Malus, Populus and Pyrus.

Stepanavan Dendropark
Stepanavan Dendropark – Acez Pseudoplatanus (սպիտակ թխկի)
Stepanavan Dendropark
Stepanavan Dendropark – Quezcus Cezzis (Ավստրիական թխկի)
Stepanavan Dendropark
The center of the Stepanavan Dendropark
Stepanavan Dendropark
Stepanavan Dendropark – Deutzia Scabra (Դեյցիա)
Stepanavan Dendropark
Stepanavan Dendropark green roads
Stepanavan Dendropark
Stepanavan Dendropark

Most specimens were acquired from other botanic gardens as part of an international exchange programmes with the Botanic Garden in Tbilisi, (Georgia), Kiev (Ukraine), Nikitski, (Crimea, Ukraine), Leningrad and Moscow Central (Soviet Union) as well as the Far East.

Stepanavan Dendropark
Stepanavan Dendropark – a little creek
Stepanavan Dendropark
Stepanavan Dendropark – chained trees
Stepanavan Dendropark - a little bridge
Stepanavan Dendropark – a little bridge
Stepanavan Dendropark
Stepanavan Dendropark

Specimens were also obtained further afield from Germany, France, Portugal, China and the U.S.A. There are now more than 500 introduced species.

Stepanavan Dendropark
Stepanavan Dendropark – fallen acorns
neer the Gyulagarak village
neer the Gyulagarak village
Gyulagarak village panorama
Gyulagarak village panorama
Neer the Stepanavan city
Neer the Stepanavan city
Neer the Stepanavan city
Neer the Stepanavan city
Surb Sargis church, Stepanavan city
Surb Sargis church, Stepanavan city
Little lakes neer the Stepanavan city
Little lakes neer the Stepanavan city
Little lakes neer the Stepanavan city
Sunset on little lakes neer the Stepanavan city
Stepanavan - Tashir highway
Stepanavan – Tashir highway

Text from wikipedia