On 29 June-8 July, the capital will host the Moscow Flower Show, the seventh festival ofgardens and flowers, which will gather the best masters and experts from all over the world.
Visitors at Russia’s main event in landscape design will enjoy an exhibition of the competition’s winning entries and landscaped gardens designed by famous gardeners; a children’s miniature garden contest; workshops; and a show programme. They will also be able to take pictures in front of a gigantic three-metre-tall football made of fresh flowers.
This will be the most ambitious Moscow Flower Show festival of all, taking place at two central venues – Muzeon and Zaryadye parks.
On the festival’s opening day, 29 June, a new species of one of the world’s most beautiful flowers – panicled hydrangea – will be unveiled. The new species of hydrangea was cultivated in France specially for the Moscow Flower Show. It got the nickname “the festival’s pearl.”
The festival’s guests will include famous English landscape designers Paul Brooks and James Alexander-Sinclair. They will present their landscaped gardens Prometheus Garden and Listening Garden / Listening Theatre. James Alexander-Sinclair is jury chair of the world’s most prestigious flower festival, the Chelsea Flower Show held in Great Britain.
Japan will be a first-time participant at the Moscow festival. 5 July will be a themed day dedicated to this country. Entertainment will include a tea ceremony with treats from masters of the famous Omotesenke school– one of the three main schools of Japan; workshops on sumi-e (painting on rice paper) and making temari balls. The programme also features lectures on making a Japanese garden. One of Muzeon Park’s main alleys will don a Japanese kimono of fresh flowers.
First children’s programme at MFS 2018
This year’s festival is also remarkable for being the first-time platform of children’s projects − Miniature Gardens and Planet of Flowers.
Miniature Gardens is a new educational landscape programme for school students aged 9-15. It kicked off in Zaryadye Park in May 2018. Participants study climatic zones, scenic spots and the symmetry of French gardens, and learn to set up gardens in glass jars.
Planet of Flowers is a traditional pageant of gardens based on children’s drawings. This year, the theme was Dream Park.