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Orekhovno Garden

Orekhovno Estate is described by its owners as the first and only private European garden in Russia which is open to the public.


Pskov region, Russia

GAP Photos/Charles Hawes/Owner: Alexander Grivko/Design: Alexander Grivko and Mark Dumas

Feature No:   4238 

Qty of Images:    79 


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Its owner, Alexander Grivko is an internationally known landscape designer, perhaps best known in Europe for his restoration and transformation of Les Jardins D’Etretat in Normandy. For this project he was awarded the European Garden Heritage Network award for 2019. Alexander spent his childhood near Orekhovno. An interest in nature and plants came from his mother, who was in love with her native Pskov landscapes.Many years later he returned to the banks of the Orekhovnitsa river to set up a garden in loving memory of his early deceased mother. Alexander and his partner Mark Dumas have turned five hectares of abandoned veg patches, sliding down to the mud-creek, into a mature garden. The manor house – in the style of a small castle in the Norman style is the central point of the garden – was built recently. On one side the house is an Italian garden, where on the lawn a stone Amur bends a bow. On the other side there is an English landscape park with all its traditional features: untailored lines, unclipped lindens and winding paths. The so-called Russian Manor garden is set up on the opposite bank of the river. Plants in the park were carefully selected with due regard for the climate of the given latitudes. Evergreen yew and boxwood were replaced by thuja occidentalis. An alley of ten-meter species of this rare type of trees, culminating in a classic balustrade, reproduces a French landscape with cypresses. In Orekhovno one may also find echoes of an Italian Renaissance garden.



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