From the European Route of Historic Gardens, we wish you are having a good start of the year, despite all the adverse circumstances. Let’s keep our spirits high and hope that soon everything will get better.
During winter, the weather can be very harsh and lead to disastrous situations; but, on the other hand, winter also leaves us with landscapes of great beauty. We share with you the winter experience of some of our memebers.
Aranjuez Gardens, Madrid
From a frozen but beautiful Madrid, we can see the consequences of the tempest Filomena: A terrible disaster for our trees and specially for historic gardens, as the Gardens of Aranjuez. They expect more than 100.000 damaged , only about 9.000 in our Retiro Park. Not a very good beginning of the year, but let us hope that this will bring a natural renewal for all.
Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów
Located south of Warsaw, the Wilanów Palace & Park concludes the series of royal residences erected on the edge of the picturesque slope of the Vistula. Łukasz Przybylak, head of the garden department of the Museum King Jan III’s Palace in Wilanów (Wasaw, Poland) and Vice-President of the European Route of Historic Gardens., shares with us some the beautiful scenes.
The summer residence of King Jan III is oriented on a main axis that determines the characteristic Baroque layout with the palace located between a representative courtyard and a regular garden. The composition was expanded by successive owners and transformed into an expansive landscape establishment with numerous historical layers.
Winter in the Herrenhäuser Gardens
Instead of bone-chilling cold and snow, winter in Hannover has been bringing mild temperatures and rain for the past few years. Of course, the Herrenhäuser snow-covered gardens would be an attraction in the sunshine, especially for photo fans. But the current winter weather also has its advantages:
We can present open air the best garden photos in the world. (IGPOTY)
We can now cultivate plants outdoors that were previously considered non-hardy. Examples are camellias, evergreen magnolias or the Chilean ornamental fir.
We rarely have to close gardens due to icy conditions. We hardly have to invest any time in snow clearing and gritting. Energy costs decrease as winter temperatures rise.
Winter ornaments in the Herrenhäuser Gardens
Walking through the winter mountain garden, you can discover many attractive plants, including, for example, woody plants with particularly beautiful barks, but also decorative fruit clusters, colorful fruits and even flowers.
Fragrant snowball, winter jasmine, mahonia and a little later witch hazel bloom during this period.
Tropical Christmas symbol
Every year during Advent, the Tropical Showhouse is planted with poinsettias. Visitors enjoy the popular seasonal plant and get information about its tropical origin, culture and care.
In the courtyard of Herrenhausen Palace, a mighty fir tree will be set up and decorated with fairy lights during Advent.
Animals are also catered for! Staff and visitors to Herrenhausen Gardens love to provide food for the garden’s animal inhabitants. The birds in particular are happy about this, but also the numerous red squirrels.