30|032011The Imperial Gardens of Russia. Fourth International Festival
The Imperial Gardens of Russia’ International Festival in the Mikhailovsky Garden under the patronage of the Governor of Saint Petersburg Valentina Matvienko and Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent that was organized by the Russian Museum with support of His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent Charitable Foundation, the Russian Museum Palaces Restoration Fund and the Union of Gardeners of Russia was a great success and exceeded all expectations. Circa 60 000 people visited the Mikhailovsky Garden during the Festival (30 May – 3 June 2008) according to the approximate calculation. The visitors were: citizens and tourists, Russian and foreign landscape experts, politicians and businessmen.
The main event of the Festival was the ‘Creations and Decorations in the Imperial Gardens of XVIII and XIX Centuries’ exhibition-contest. The members of the Jury that are well known landscape architects and florists from Russia (L. Kanunnikova, T. Volftrub, G. Pergamenschikova, V. Bermyakov), New Zealand (D. Menzies, M. Ignatieva), the USA (N. Kirkwood), France (P. Gestkoff). Germany (C. Herrmann) and Belgium (P. Carron) appreciated compositions created by participants at two nominations:
- The Best Composition of Gardening Art in the Style of the XVIII Century
- The Best Composition of Gardening Art in the Style of the XIX Century
Prize-winners of the Festival, who got the first, the second and the third places, were awarded memorial gifts and honorary certificates of the Imperial Gardens of Russia Festival.