The 5th Anniversary International Festival "Imperial Gardens of Russia" has started in St. Petersburg. The theme of this festival was chosen by the organizers "Where the Motherland Begins" in honor of the 1150th anniversary of the birth of Russian statehood.
The participants - masters of landscape design - were invited to show the process of the formation of garden art from the time of Ancient Rus to estates dating from the 18th-19th centuries. The competition will take place on the imposing square of Mikhailovsky Garden, Mikhailovsky Garden (Engineering Castle), also including Engineering Square and Maple Alley.
Compositions dedicated to noble estates, imperial residences and gardens of the Silver Age will be displayed in the Mikhailovsky Garden. Here you can see the coats of arms of the owners of such estates as Maryino, Monrepo, Kuskovo, Arkhangelskoye, gazebos and rotundas, along which actors will walk around, playing the roles of the owners of the estates themselves and their guests.
As for the Engineering Square with Maple Alley, here you can trace the history of the formation of gardening in the city of four periods: pre-war, post-war, Soviet, and also post-Soviet. The garden at the Engineering site will become a place where compositions that symbolize the XXI century will be placed. Both experienced designers from different countries and students will be able to embody fantasies on the theme of a modern estate.
Traditionally, guests of the festival, as well as participants in the international conference on landscape architecture, will gather in the courtyard of the Engineer Castle. The organizers promise to place an exhibition of noble coats of arms made of flowers there. At the end of the festival, the best compositions will be selected. Until the end of summer, they will be open for inspection by everyone in the garden of the Engineering Castle.
Last year the theme of this festival was "Italian noon". Then in the nomination "My Italy" the victory was won by the designers of the tree nursery called "Lorberg" in Germany. They presented the composition "Sweet Doing Nothing at Noon". In the nomination "Compositions about Italy on a given theme" the winner was the project of the Moscow design bureau "Vishnevy Sad" and the St. Petersburg landscape studio "Sakura" - "Russian Palladio".