Common barberry (Berberis vulgaris L.) blooms in the bosquets of the Summer Garden. The name comes from the Arabic word “beiberi” – flowers with shell-like petals.

In Peter’s time, barberry was grown in large quantities in the Summer Garden. It was used as a berry culture for the preparation of fruit drinks, as well as a seasoning and medicine. Barberry wood is suitable for turning, and Peter I was fond of this craft.

Enjoy your walks in the gardens of the Russian Museum.