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Although today's grounds are a landscape park, historic sources show that Oroslavje Donje used to be surrounded by a formal baroque Classicist garden, probably laid out at the end of the eighteenth century. What it looked like in the second half of the eighteenth century can be seen in the old cadastral map. In those days the manor was approached along a tree-lined avenue 230 metres long, and there was a decorative parterre garden in front of the southern front. In the south-west the park continued into the existing forest. To the left of the entrance avenue and to the south of the decorative garden there was a large meadow, today a football field. In 1885 the grounds were extended and remodelled into a romantic landscape park. Their ground plan was changed and the stiff and formal baroque avenue was softened and adapted to the fashion of the day. This park, with small changes, still exists but it is much poorer and is neglected and degraded by the football field and private houses with an unsurfaced road through the main avenue.
The park is entered through an ornate and lovely baroque portal. In front of the eastern front of the manor stand two eighteenth-century baroque stone statues. Baroque statues showing mythological figures are rare in Croatia. These, showing Satyr and Flora, the goddess of flowers, used to stand in the garden in front of Oroslavje Gornje, and they were probably moved to Oroslavje Donje in the inter-war period when the industrialist Milan Prpić owned both mansions. Besides many conifers and deciduous trees, both indigenous and imported. The park also has many specially grown garden trees, mostly of the pendulous variety, as for example the weeping hornbeam (Carpinus betulis f. percdula), weeping beech (Fagus sylvatica f. pendula), weeping ash (Fraxinus excelsior f. pendula) and weeping pagoda trees (Sophora japonica f. pendula). Besides its interesting plant life, the park also has interesting animals. Between 1980 and 1983, 37 species of birds nested in the trees of Oroslavje Donje.

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