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This photo exhibition is initiated for the first time by the Russian Museum in the Summer Garden as the only Russian garden within the European Garden Heritage Network (EGHN). The exhibition takes place in the context of the European Cultural Heritage Year 2018. 22 photos present some of the historic parks and gardens of the EGHN partners and/or 1st and 2nd Prize winners of the European Garden Award. These marvelous landscapes invite you to enjoy the common heritage, the diversity and the beauty of these parks and gardens. Established in 2003, the European Garden Heritage Network (EGHN) supports the preservation, enhancement and creation of high quality parks and gardens in Europe, and their wider use. One of the important instruments is the awards for exceptional activities and achievements in the creation and development of parks and gardens across Europe is the European Garden Award by EGHN and its partners since 2010. It has been supported by Lorenz von Ehren Nurseries since 2012 and receives additional funding by the Minister of State for Culture and Media. The members of the international jury, who select the winners of the European Garden Award, are leading world landscape experts. The finalists are included in the international tourism network. Partners of the EGHN are world-famous monuments of landscape art, such as the RHS Garden Wisley in the United Kingdom, Herrenhausen Gardens in Germany, royal gardens of Paleis Het Loo in the Netherlands, and Park Monserrate in Portugal, as well as many amazing gardens and parks in France, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden and other countries. Information about the 190 parks and gardens in 14 countries that form EGHN today can be found on the website www.eghn.eu. Today, EGHN is a partnership, lead by the Schloss Dyck Foundation in Jüchen, Germany.


The Russian Museum’s Summer Garden is the first Russian garden to join the European Garden Heritage Network. The ceremony inducting the Summer Garden into the EGHN was held on 4 September 2015 in Hamburg, Germany at the annual awarding of the European Garden Award. The history of cooperation with EGHN began when in 2013 the Summer Garden became a finalist for the European Garden Award. Russia took part in the competition for the first time, presenting the Summer Garden of the Russian Museum in the category “Best Development of a Historic Park or Garden” The aim of EGHN is the preservation and the development of European parks and gardens that have historical and cultural value. EGHN’s activities are aimed at having closer relationships

between gardens, fostering the exchange of experiences, attracting new visitors, adding gardens to international tourist routes, and cultivating contemporary trends in the development of cultural and landscape projects in gardens. Information about EGHN’s partners can be found on the website http://www.eghn.eu in four languages: English, German, French, and Dutch. Along with descriptions of the gardens, the web site includes information for visitors, image galleries, and links to the participants’ official sites. The partner website also includes a calendar of events and a forum for discussing professional experiences. The Summer Garden’s partnership with EGHN gives the museum new opportunities to attract tourists from Europe, promotes cooperation with the best European gardens and parks, allows the museum to discuss garden-related experiences with famous garden specialists, and helps the museum to develop harmoniously the historical garden within contemporary issues.

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