26-28 July in Estonia and 2-4 August in Latvia will see over 30 park and garden owners open their gates to garden enthusiasts and travellers as part of the first ever Garden Pearls Open Days event. Each owner has put together a special offer or events programme. Visitors will be welcome to attend open-air concerts, creative floral workshops, lectures on plant care, free guided tours and plant sales.
Participating gardens and parks are partners in the Garden Pearls project, which aims to develop a new tourism route in Latvia and Estonia. Alise Plaude is the Garden Pearls project coordinator in Latvia. She explains: “We’re proud to see so many gardens get involved in the project and open days event. This illustrates the clear interest and demand to develop garden tourism in Latvia and Estonia.
The aim of the open days is to showcase the diversity of the parks and gardens to a wider audience. The special offers will be interesting to garden enthusiasts as well as families with children, couples, groups of friends and colleagues looking to spend some quality time together in the outdoors.”
GARDEN PEARLS OPEN DAYS IN ESTONIA
In Estonia, visitors are welcome at parks and gardens in South Estonia and on the islands of Saaremaa and Muhu: Maie Aed (Maie’s Garden), Portselaniaed (Porcelain Garden), Norga Talu iluaed (Norga Farm Garden), Kaevandi Talu (Kaevandi Farm), Panga Talu (Panga Farm Rose Garden), Audru Kirik (Audru Church Arboretum), Loosilma Talu aed (Loosilma Farm Garden), Tamme Aiandustalu (Tamme Garden Centre), Rapina Aianduskool (Rapina School of Gardening), Mikko Talu-Südametega aed (Mikko Farm Heart Garden), Risttee Talu taimeaed (Risttee Farm vegetable garden), Rannametsa Arboreetum (Rannametsa Arboretum), Seitsme Tuule Aed (Garden of Seven Winds), Karstna mois (Karstna Manor), Saare-Torvaugu Aiand (Saare-Torvaugu Garden), Sangaste Loss aed (Sangaste Castle Garden), Lepiku – Mardi Talu Kollektsioonaed (Lepiku – Mardi Farm Garden).
GARDEN PEARLS OPEN DAYS IN LATVIA
In North Latvia, visitors are welcome at Kārļamuiža Landscape Park and Orchard, Kokmuiža Park, Daugava Museum, Jaunrūjas Farm, Lēdurgas dendroparks (Lēdurga Arboretum), Terneja Park, Oleri Manor Park, the University of Latvia Botanical Garden, the University of Latvia rhododendron nursery - Babīte, Turaida Museum Reserve Forest Park, Kalsnava Arboretum, O.Kiršteina daiļdārzs (Kiršteins’ Decorative Garden), Cīruļi Farm and Raunas Stādi nursery.
All offers are compiled on the Garden Pearls Open Days map: ej.uz/gardenpearlsopendays
The open days are being hosted by garden and park owners who are involved in Garden Pearls - an Estonia–Latvia programme project. The aim of the project is to encourage the development of garden tourism in Latvia and Estonia, and to position Latvia and Estonia as a joint garden tourism destination.
Latvia and Estonia boast a diverse range of nurseries, botanical and decorative gardens, historical manor parks, farm gardens and arboretums. The project’s lead partner in Latvia is Vidzeme Tourism Association.