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The RED GARDEN is …
In the modern Summer Garden, the Red Garden is located in front of the southern facade of the Small Orangery. It was recreated during the restoration of the Summer Garden. To create it, the plans of the 18th century Summer Garden were used, which show the layout and location of the Red Garden.
The Red Garden is a decorative plot used for the cultivation of spicy, medicinal and vegetable plants. Most often, in the plan, the Red Garden is divided by paths into four parts. There is a fountain or source in the center. The beds have regular geometric shapes. Among the spicy and medicinal plants, there are many flowering flowers, so the beds look like flower beds. The red garden has both utilitarian and decorative functions.
Red gardens or orchards were created in the Moscow gardens of Alexei Mikhailovich. It was from the beds of these gardens that the first spicy and medicinal plants were delivered to the Summer Garden under construction in 1704. Among them were: rue, hyssop, German mint, sage, kalufer and other herbs.
Currently, the entire range of these spicy plants is presented in the Red Garden. Also, vegetables are grown on the beds, which began to be cultivated in Russia during the time of Peter I. These are potatoes, artichokes, asparagus. The red garden is attractive throughout the summer season. In addition, botanical excursions about the history of the culture of medicinal, spicy and vegetable plants are held there.
We are waiting for you next summer. In the meantime, look at the blooming Red Garden virtually.
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