The Apothecaries’ Garden will host an exhibition, The Arrival of Spring: Rehearsal, on 23 February–19 March 2017. This is the third year for the annual event. Guests will have the opportunity to attend a Maslenitsa farmers’ market and make-and-do cheese workshops and also sample pies, natural yeast bread, farmers’ cheese, dairy desserts, fruit drinks and mulled wine.
Over 8,000 tulips, as well as narcissuses, crocuses, hyacinths, Muscari species, lilies, lilies-of-the-valley, lilacs, snowdrops and other flowers will start blooming two months earlier than normally expected – a sight to gladden the eye as spring approaches. To achieve this, a special set of measures – vigonka – is being used to stimulate plant growth.
“This year, our guests will see twice as many tulips as they saw last year, including rare and new varieties and even the world’s blackest tulips, Queen of the Night,” said Alexei Reteyum, director of The Apothecaries’ Garden. “In all, the exhibition will feature over 300 varieties of bulbous plants.”
The farmers’ market where visitors will sample farmers’ produce will be open on 23–26 February, as well as on 8, 11, 12, 18 and 19 March. Cheese-makers will offer produce made with milk from their farms, including Gruyere, Brie, Belper Knolle and Port Salut, and their own brands of cheese like Etti and Leshy, as well as natural dairy desserts. The pie filling will be different every day.
Free cheese-making workshops and professional training sessions for cheese-makers will be held at The Apothecaries’ Garden on weekends and holidays. Marina Kamanina and her colleagues have been invited to share their knowledge and experience. Marina Kamanina is the winner of the Pyotr Stolypin National Award, “The Farming Elite of Russia 2016”, in the Developing Import Substitution for Cheese and Dairy Products in Russia category.
Last year, the number of visitors to the exhibition The Arrival of Spring: Rehearsal was an all-time high, with over 6,800 guests visiting it on 8 March alone.
The Apothecaries’ Garden is open from 10 am until 8 pm every day; the ticket office is open until 7.30 pm.