II European Day of Historic Gardens 2021

Celebrate the II European Day of Historic Gardens with us!

We invite you to celebrate the II European Day of Historic Gardens (EDHG). Coinciding with the fifth anniversary of the European Route of Historic Gardens Association (ERHG) foundation, the II EDHG also celebrates the ERHG certification as a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe.

This date, April 26th, was established to commemorate the foundation of the ERHG Association, when a few European historic gardens decided to pool their resources in benefit of the historic gardens’ value, with the aim to become a wide, diverse, and solid network. Today, the ERHG counts with the participation of 38 garden members from seven countries, 9 academic institutions and professionals as collaborators and the advice of twelve prestigious researchers and professionals as members of its scientific committee.

Join us with the hashtag #EuropeanDayHistoricGardens

All our gardens celebrate the II EDHG and invite all individuals and organizations who love, enjoy, and appreciate the historic gardens to join this celebration by sharing their memories, pictures, or videos from any of the historic gardens that they know on our social media under #EuropeanDayHistoricGardens.



This year’s topic “Historic gardens and the formation of the European spirit” emphasizes the transboundary value of the historic gardens’ heritage. This heritage has reflected the identity of the European countries and regions along the centuries, as well as has shown their unity in the common creation of a better life and landscape.

Gardens that vertebrate Europe

The ERHG celebrates the European Day of Historic Gardens by launching the video series Gardens that vertebrate Europe and its first chapter dedicated to Medieval Gardens, an initiative of La Alhambra Gardens in Granada, Spain, that will also contribute to strength the bonds among the ERHG members. An introduction to Gardens that vertebrate Europe will be available on Monday April 26th:

First chapter: Medieval Gardens

The first chapter is now available: Medieval Gardens: La Alhambra Gardens and Finca de las Lágrimas.

1. Presentation of the European Route of Historic Gardens

Jaume Dulsat, President of the European Route of the Historic Gardens (ERHG).

2. Unity & diversity: Contribution of historic gardens to European identity

José Tito, President of the Scientific Committee of the European Route of Historic Gardens (ERHG).

3. The Medieval

Manuel Casares, Department of Botany Professor at the University of Granada.

3.1. Medieval Gardens in the ERHG: Alhambra & Generalife

Catuxa Novo, Head of the Service of gardens, forests and orchards of the Board of the Alhambra and Generalife, talks about their gardens as an example of Medieval Gardens.

3.2. Medieval Gardens in the ERHG: Lagrimas Estate Gardens

Cristina Castel-Branco, from the Portuguese Association of Gardens and Historic Sites, describes the Lagrimas Estate Gardens as an example of Medieval Gardens.

Coming next

  • Chapter 2: Gardens of Humanism
  • Chapter 3: The stage of the Great Courts
  • Chapter 4: Recreating the Natural Landscapes
  • Chapter 5: Inventions of Modernity and the Avant-Garde
  • Chapter 6: Gardens for Science

Activities prepared by our gardens:

Jardins de Santa Clotilde Lloret de Mar

Santa Clotilde Gardens

Santa Clotilde, a European inspiration”: Open doors, guided visits.

Where Lloret de Mar, Girona, Spain
When Monday, April 26th

Aranjuez Gardens

📽️ Video Those lost gardens of Aranjuez: A conference by Magdalena Merlos Romero.

Those lost gardens of Aranjuez

Where Aranjuez, Madrid, Spain

Fundación Aranjuez
Parc Samà, Cambrils, Spain

Parc Samà Gardens

European influences in Parc Samà”: Guided visits and video.

Where Cambrils, Tarragona, Spain
When Saturday April 24th, Sunday 25th, Monday 26th

Parc Samà, Cambrils, Spain

Museum of King Jan III’s Palace in Wilanów

“Historic gardens and transnational bonds”: Planting three commemorative trees in the royal garden in Wilanów by the Ambassador of Ireland in Poland – Emer O’Connell, Consul of Ireland in Poland – Dominic Berkeley, Director of Museum in Wilanów – Pawel Jaskanis. Three trees will commemorate the celebration of the EDHG and the polish-irish historic relations. Trees will form a line that was growing on the side of the upper baroque garden in Wilanów and marked with the bronze plaque where the name of ERHG and the reason of this celebration will be engraved. The celebration will start on Monday 26th at 11:00 CEST.

📽️ Special video recorded by the Head of the Garden Department and the Vicepresident of ERHG – invitation for celebration. It will be released on Monday, April 26th on Museum’s Facebook.

Exhibition “Plants and animals”, patronized by the ERHG. The opening will be next May 7th due to the current situation.

On-line workshopWith a visit in the gardens – European Day of Historic Gardens“: Leaded by the workers of the Museum in Wilanów, the workshop will explain the role of historic gardens, garden heritage and the ERHG. It will be broadcasted in polish on TEAMS.

Where Wilanów, Warsaw, Poland
When Monday 26th April

Gardens of the Royal Castle in Warsaw

Celebrating the EDHG“: A commemorative communication program.

Where Warsaw, Poland
When Monday, April 26th

Royal Castle In Warsaw
Royal Park at Caserta

Storico Giardino

Storico Giardino Garzoni, a European synthesis of the Renaissance geometry and the spectacular quality of the high Baroque”: Guided virtual visits.

Where Pescia, Collodi, Italy
When Monday April 26th

Giardino di

Boboli literary Garden“: Special guided tour (virtual), focused on the description of the garden through different authors and books from all over Europe.

Where Firenze, Italy
When Monday April 26th

Gallerie degli Uffizi – Giardino di Boboli
Alhambra y Generalife - Patio de la acequia

La Alhambra

📽️ “Gardens that vertebrate Europe“: Introduction to the series and delivery of its first chapter “Medieval Gardens”.

Where Granada, Spain
When Monday April 26th

Finca Raixa

European influences in Finca Raixa”: Open doors, guided visits.

Where Mallorca, Spain

Villa d'Este - Tivoli, Italy

Villa d’Este · Istituto Autonomo Villa Adriana

Villa D’Este, a world heritage historic Garden in Europe”: Special guided tours, lecture on historic gardens, promotional videos.

Where Tivoli, Rome, Italy
When Monday April 26th

Batumi Botanical Garden

Batumi Botanical

The European spirit through gardening and gastronomy”: Free exhibition and dishes degustation with the collaboration of hotels and restaurants.

Where Batumi, Georgia
When Monday April 26th

National Botanical Garden of Georgia - Parterre

Georgian National Botanic Garden

Georgian National Botanic Garden and the European History”: Free cognitive tour focusing on historic gardens and the history of the garden: Learn about historical figures, facts, historical buildings, and more!

Where Tbilisi, Georgia
When Monday April 26th

Tsinandali Alexander Chavchavadze Museum and Garden

Tsinandali Alexander Chavchavadze Museum and Garden

Understanding our European identity”: Open doors’ Day to our historic Garden.

Where Tsinandali, Telavi, Georgia
When Monday April 26th

Park of Monserrate @ PSML EMIGUS

Parques de Sintra: Queluz, Montserrate y Pena

Historic Gardens Preservation and community awareness”: Volunteering actions at the Gardens of the National Palaces of Sintra and Queluz. For the first time, volunteers will take part in several gardening tasks such as planting, weeding flower beds and watering, thus contributing to the preservation of this historical heritage.

Where Sintra, Portugal
When Monday April 26th

Parques de Sintra
Herrenhauser Gardens


📽️ “Herrenhausen Gardens through historic periods: Video presentation of the Gardens, especially of the Baroque period Special guided tours through our gardens, if allowed.

Where Hannover, Germany

Herrenhaeuser Gaerten

Portuguese Association
of Historic Gardens

“Arte Paisagista e Arte dos Jardins em Portugal” by Ilídio Alves de Araújo: Presentation of the re-publication of one of the most important books in the field of historic gardens in Portugal, the “Arte Paisagista e Arte dos Jardins em Portugal” by Ilídio Alves de Araújo (ed. Teresa Portela Marques and Teresa Andresen), as part of the cultural events of the exhibition “Historic Gardens in Portugal: Art, Memory and Future” currently undergoing at Biblioteca Nacional.

📽️ There will be a live transmission of the event at: www.lisboa.pt/live or in the Facebook page of Lisboa Green Capital 2020 at 17:00 CEST.

Where Portugal
When Monday April 26th at 5pm

Associâo Portuguesa dos Jardins Históricos
Zamek Sarny : Schloss Scharfeneck, Palace
Zamek Sarny : Schloss Scharfeneck, Palace

Klodzko Valley Heritage Protection (Palace Kamieniec and Castle Sarny)

📽️ Lecture on Palace Kamieniec Facebook page: UNESCO in the neighbourhood – historic gardens in Poland, Czechia and Germany, presented by Jacek Kuśmierski – Specialist in historic gardens.

📽️ Lecture on Sarny Castle Facebook page: Life and career of Eduard Petzold in the year 1880, presented by Łukasz Przybylak.

Where Klodzo Valley, Poland
When Monday April 26th

Museo Storico e il Parco del Castello di Miramare


📽️ Miramare video: The historic Park surrounds the Miramare Castle. Archduke Maximilian combined different European garden concepts which can still be admired today: The Parterre (Italian garden), the Strawberry wood (English garden) and the Agrumetum (Mediterrean garden).

Miramare Park: A perfect meeting point for the growth of European identity.

Where Trieste, Italy

Miramare Museo Storico e il Parco del Castello, Trieste