Tulips were brought to Russia by Peter I, who founded the first park in St. Petersburg. Last fall more than 4,500 bulbs were planted in that part of it, which is called the Red Garden, as part of the Blooming Parterre project. Gardeners planted tulips together with other restorers – 2022 marks the centenary of the opening of the restoration workshops of the Russian Museum.
Another “flower” tradition, which was revived in the Summer Garden, is even older than St. Petersburg itself. The “primrose theater” comes from medieval England, and to this day there is the National Cowslip and Cowslip Society – “The National Society of Cowslip and Cowslip Lovers.” According to what they say in the Russian Museum, the cultivation of these primroses was also carried out in Holland, for which reason “the Summer Garden, one of the favorite places of Pedro I, is the most appropriate to house an exhibition of plants that arrived to our culture. from abroad.”
The Lacoste fountain pavilion in the Summer Garden features 69 pots with rare varieties. With the help of beautiful flower pots, they turned into real works of art.
– Primroses are often called “garden jewels” due to their beauty and fragility. The special constructions of the “Primrose Theater” allow to protect the plants from bad weather, explains the chief curator of the gardens of the Russian Museum Alexandra Alekseeva. – Now the flowers will be included in the garden collection of the Russian Museum and will delight visitors every spring.