Splendid garden on lake Wörthersee.
With daffodils and primroses, the splendour of colour beings here in spring and ends in autumn with hydrangeas and dipladenias. In the meantime, you can see roses, rhododendrons, oleander, hibiscus, lavender, jasmine, chamomile, sunflowers, and many other colourful summer flowers. From the boathouse on the west side to the lake sauna on the east side of the 3-hectare park, the blooms and aroma of the flowers are fantastic. Hedges, thuja trees, and hundreds of boxwoods line the garden paths. A leisurely stroll in the Schloss garden is nourishment for the senses.
A variety of trees offering shade on the Seefels beach adorn the sunbathing lawn and grassy areas in the Schloss garden on the Wörthersee. Two of these trees are especially impressive: the Canadian spruce on the north grounds of the hotel towers above everything with a height of 100 metres at the ripe old age of 70. This proud, mighty, majestic tree stands out during the Advent and Christmas time among the lit fir trees in the Schloss garden. This atmosphere of winter romance by the glistening Wörthersee could not be more beautiful.
Loving gardening in the Schloss garden
For almost 30 years, Aleksandar Popović has taken care of the 3-hectare Schloss garden. He knows all of its flowers, plants, trees, and shrubs. He talks to them, caresses the leaves, and looks at them and knows exactly what they need whether it be water, organic fertilizer, or a trim. Just one look and he knows what to do. "The garden requires a quick response", says Aleksandar Popović. Only with quick action was it possible one summer to keep the snout moths away from hundreds of box trees.
3 gnomes in the Seefels garden
When the grass becomes long, it is mowed. When the hedges are high, they are cut but not at the Seefels, where guests value the garden as an oasis of quiet and "dolce farniente". Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays are days of rest. And even from Monday to Friday, the time window for garden work is short: from 10 am to 12 pm and from 5 to 7 pm. It appears as though the garden gnomes are at work, because time is short and the garden is big. When asked how he accomplishes everything, Aleksandar Popović's response is: flexibility, experience, the right instinct, and 2 great colleagues.
Plants are like people. Each one is different, needs more or less water, more or less care, and more or less affection. Give plants what they need - nothing more and nothing less. Provide for strong roots - after all, a mountain peak is easier to climb with 2 strong legs. Don't use artificial fertilizer and chemical-synthetic sprays. Use organic fertilizer, nettle tea, and garlic. Aleksandar Popović keeps the snout moths away with garlic. Adjust your plan according to the weather and the plants. They will show you what to do. Do everything with love and joy. This is often the best, most efficient, and most environmentally-friendly fertilizer.
Everything in the garden shed
Everything has its place in the garden shed. Hanging to the left of the entrance are brooms, rakes, shovels, and spades. Then there are hoses, and below this are wellies and protective footwear. Stacked on the shelf are gardening gloves in every size and material. To the right of the entrance are sacks of potting soil, organic fertilizer, and bark mulch. Mowers, wheelbarrows, and watering cans fill up the remainder of the shed. Riding mowers and leaf blowers are stored in the warehouse. This is also where you will find safety equipment such helmets, hearing protection, and protective eyewear, because safety comes first in the garden.