Gardens reveal their secrets

People can visit 17 parks and gardens in Bratislava during the Weekend of Open Parks and Gardens.

The garden at the Koch Sanatorium with precious coniferous and evergreen treesThe garden at the Koch Sanatorium with precious coniferous and evergreen trees (Source: TASR)
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Inspired by similar events in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, the nongovernmental organisation Národný Trust (the National Trust) is organising a Weekend of Open Parks and Gardens. Held for the ninth time, people can visit various parks and gardens in Bratislava and other parts of Slovakia. Several of them are normally closed to the public. The event will take place on June 10 and 11 across Slovakia.

“This year people can visit 17 parks and gardens in Bratislava,” said Michaela Kubíková of Národný Trust. “These include private gardens, community gardens, city parks, historical gardens and also a cemetery.” Each park and garden has prepared a programme for visitors including tours about their history and interesting features.

Those gardens not normally opened include the garden at the Koch Sanatorium with precious coniferous and evergreen trees and the Prüger-Wallner garden launched by the owners of the Carlton and Savoy hotels.

The organisers will also open Rómer’s house, a renaissance burgher house. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Weekend of Open Parks and Gardens, the organisers will hold an exhibition here about previous editions of the event.

People also can visit the private garden of the Huba brothers, with its interesting history and sensitive approach to local trees. It will also be possible to view the recently revitalised city park at Svoradova street and the chestnut orchard at Koliba. This year two community gardens have also joined – in the Vrakuňa borough and near the Old Bridge. Other participating parks and gardens include the garden of the Russian Embassy, the garden of the Franciscan monks and the castle baroque garden.

For more information about the event, please visit www.vopz.sk. But the information is only in Slovak.

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