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Exhibition-Contest within the Framework of "The Imperial Gardens of Russia" Annual International Festival

The integral ensemble of the Russian Museum includes four palaces (Mikhailovsky Palace, Marble Palace, Stroganov Palace and St Michael's Castle) and three gardens (Summer Garden, Mikhailovsky and Engineering Gardens), which were the first gardens of the young northern capital. The gardens were designed following the fashions of European gardening and soon became the universally acknowledged monuments of landscape gardening of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The palaces and gardens complex of the Russian Museum occupies the former park territories (25 hectares) in the historical part of the city which once constituted part of the magnificent "Three summer gardens" project designed by the celebrated French architect Jean-Baptiste Le Blond in 1716 and enables to trace the three-century history of Russian architecture and landscape gardening art.

The main idea of the development of the Russian Museum gardens is the revival of traditions connected with the history of the St Petersburg gardens and combining it with modern tendencies in landscape gardening.

Exhibition-contest within the framework of "The Imperial Gardens of Russia" annual international festival initiated by the Russian Museum jointly with His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent Charitable Foundation and the Union of Gardeners of Russia will be dated to the 110th anniversary of the Russian Museum to be celebrated in summer 2008.

International flower festivals are the most popular exhibitions in the world. Exhibition-contest within the framework of "The Imperial Gardens of Russia" annual international festival in the Mikhailovsky Gardens will hopefully rank with the world major flower shows such as "Bulbous Plants of the Keukenhof", "Floriade" in Holland; "Chelsea Flower Show" in England; "Chrysanthemum Show" in Canada and colourful flower festivals in Brazil.

Such a grand scale event held under the patronage HRH Princess Michael of Kent, descendant of the ancient family of Medici and wife of Prince Michael of Kent, a relative by blood of the Romanovs will certainly attract numerous visitors and experts to the gardens of the Russian Museum and broaden the possibilities of fundraising for the preservation of the national landscape gardening monuments. The gardens of the Russian Museum will turn into real exhibition halls in the open air where the landscape architects will create their compositions of fresh flowers on the earth the way the artist do with paints on the canvas.

The main condition of the future exhibition-contest will be creation of compositions in a single style and on a certain set theme. The contributors from each organization (or country) invited to the festival will arrange the garden area allotted to them according to their own, previously designed project approved by the screening committee.

All kinds of experts (designers, decorators, botanists, architects, art historians, gardeners) may contribute to the festival generating subjects for the compositions.

Exhibition-contest within the framework of "The Imperial Gardens of Russia" annual international festival will be held on the territory of the Mikhailovsky Garden from 30 May to 3 June 2008.

The famous internationally acclaimed landscape architects will form the jury of the contest. The winners will be awarded certificates and souvenirs.

The main aims and tasks of the exhibition-contest:

  1. Rebirth and development of traditions of gardening art, landscape architecture and design in Russia.
  2. Development of the ecologically and aesthetically favourable environment in the center of the European megapolis.
  3. Evocation in memory and formation of public historical consciousness based on understanding of personal involvement into the history of Russian and Petersburg culture.
  4. Granting Russian and foreign contributors broad opportunities of realisation their creative potential; combination of traditional and innovative technologies in gardening art.
  5. Encouragement of a collection branch in ornamental gardening and flower- growing.
  6. Revival of traditions connected with the flower festivals in Russia.
  7. Involvement of foreign experts in collaboration and exchange of experience.
  8. Development of landscape tourism.
  9. Promotion of the Russian Museum's programme of creation of the unique landscape gardening complex in the historical; center of St Petersburg.
  10. Inclusion of "The Imperial Gardens of Russia" annual international festival into the programme of the World Flower and Landscape Art festivals.


The exhibition-contest envisages:

  • Tours of the flower displays with professional comment.
  • Presentation of the organizations contributing to the exhibition-contest.
  • Summing up of the results of the contest.
  • Awarding ceremony of the winners in different categories.
  • Horticultural shows, display of historical dress and modern fashion shows with the use of flowers and floral compositions, fireworks.


Application for participation:

Att. Yelena Stieglitz

The board of adjudicators' members are specially invited highly qualified experts in the field of landscape design from Russia and foreign countries.


Lyudmila Kurenkova (Assistant to the Director)
+7 (812) 315-64-36

Natalia Kulikova (represents the Palace Restoration Fund)
+7 (921) 358-55-07


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