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Visitors centre at the Kalsnava Arboretum, Latvia

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Kalsnava Arboretum is the biggest collection of ornamental trees and shrubs in the Eastern part of Latvia. Spread over 130 acres of land, this is the only place where species like Tulip tree, Virginia snowflake tree and Kobus Magnolia can be seen in Latvia.

Kalsnava Arboretum also houses the biggest collection of fir-trees and dendroflora that are accessible from early spring till late autumn. If you would like to learn more on cultivating trees and shrubs, you will definitely benefit from the consultations and guided tours, advice on landscape design is also offered, just as the possibility to buy seedlings of trees and shrubs.

Contacts: Phone +371 48 37668, Mob. +371 28380280, +371 29233063, +371 29135557, e-mail:

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