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Continuing the trend where Hybrid87 shows the everyday side and I - the "festive" side in Latvia - I come up with this small thread.

Rundale palace continues renovations. But even faster they develop the enormous Barocco style garden around the palace - and it is becoming more pleasant destination than loads of gold and jewels inside the palace.

Barocco garden is like onion - near the palace there is smaller empty field, then comes maze of low (10 -15 cm) plants, then some 150 m from the palace start roses. Rundale palace now is planting 20 000 (!!!) roses of hundreds of sorts. Experienced British company "David Austin" consults them - they are among the few who have knowledge and collection of Barocco roses.
Then comes the most interesting part - some 40 large "boxes" - hedge enclosures, each some 50 m wide and long. In each "box" there is located different array of plants. Behind the boxes comes moat and behind the moat the park continues as large, beautiful oak forest with pathways.
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In one "box" a week ago there was opened exhibition of tulips. Many thousands of tulips... And we decided to go and look at this.
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1. Looking from the "box" part towards the palace

2. Gardeners house - contains exhibition about the history of garden

3. Going "inside" boxes - in few years the net would be covered with wine. Beautiful lanterns

4. Ahaa, tulips are starting :)

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6. Paula destroyed one flower... tsst. We did not want it that way.

7. Almost the flag of Iran

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11. Nearer to the palace there is small pond - future fountain. Full with frogs and other small animals and with lots of children around it

12. On the way back to Riga...


That's all, folks :)
 

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ah ive been there, Rather nice place... although, it needs more renovation... the garden was superb though!
 

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Thank you so much for sharing your family's visit to Rundale Palace's Gardens with us, Gati! :applause:

It's just wonderful that not only the palace itself but also the gardens are being restored so beautifully. :happy: I love baroque gardens in particular: the orderly symmetry, the clarity of pattern and design ...

What a colorful splash those tulips make! Too bad their season is so brief, but you sure hit the show at its climax! :)

The rose garden ... David Austin certainly is an acknowledged rose expert, and in future years, with so many roses and further expansion and growth of the other plantings, the Gardens will be SPECTACULAR! :cool:
 

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@Jarmo - this is Rundale palace Webpage, it tells the history.
http://www.rpm.apollo.lv/engl/
Latvia has got one larger Barocco palace too, but that one is not having historical renovation.
@ch1le - Rundale palace is constantly renovated, this requires millions and decades. Smaller palaces like Riga Castle or Mezotne can be renovated with some 5 - 10 mio EUR and in one - two years but Rundale has different scale.

This picture has been taken some 5 years ago, when there was not much done in the gardens. Now they look totally different.

And this picture includes the forest park a little too:

Lots of thematic Barocco performances, theatres and concerts going on there:
 

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Good of you to find that out & post it here, Jarmo! :eek:kay:

Rastrelli ... the guy must have been Italian. :cool: He was far from home when he built (or at least drew the plans for) Rundale Palace, and even farther away for the St. Petersburg projects ...

Ah yes: Bartolomeo Rastrelli, 1700 - 1771 (the man got quite old for his day!) First hit in google: http://www.answers.com/topic/bartolomeo-rastrelli
 

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Rastrelli designed at least three buildings in Latvia - two large palaces complexes - Rundale and Jelgava and Orthodox church in Jelgava. He with his family was living in Jelgava then (1738 - 1740 and 1764 - 1769).
His house in Jelgava hosted also very active Free-Masonry lounge. It is possible that Rastrelli died in Jelgava too and still rests there, his grave is unknown.
 

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That's so frequently the case with great people ... no one knows where they were buried. :(

I think Rastrelli should be quite happy knowing that his Rundale Palace survived and has been restored so handsomely, and that this beautiful garden is growing up around it. :)
 

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Indeed, Gatis! :)

All hail to Mr. Imants Lancmanis! :master:

The man must be an incredibly effective and persuasive speaker! :eek:kay:
 
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