One of the main sights of Sokolniki Park – Sirenevy Garden – awaits a major overhaul. After the revamp, the green corner with a vast collection of lilacs will resemble an 18th century palace park. All the gazebos, arches and fountains will be stylised in line with Russian classicism, a style in architecture and fine art that tends to imitate ancient models. This style developed and became popular under Catherine II, spreading to palace gardens and parks.
Refurbishment of Sirenevy Garden will take place in 2019. Three white gazebos resembling antique porticos and also12 ornamental white arches, each three metres high, all across the garden, will be installed. Depending on the season, the arches will be decorated with different flowers and greenery. In addition to that, four pergolas with swings and eight drinking fountains that look like columns without capitals will spring up. Unusual elements will be two arches with flowing water streaming down. Sirenevy Garden’s first mother-child pavilion will be built to fit the style of palace gardens. The wedding and celebration pavilion will boast the same style.
“The garden’s plant collection, which counts dozens lilac species, will continue to grow. We plan to add 40 new lilac shrubs of meyeri palibin, julianae, superba and Miss Kim species. We will diversify the vegetation by planting 12 coniferous trees, including thuja, firs, abies and larch, as well as 300 bushes. The garden collection will also gain Far Eastern plants – different sorts of rhododendrons, rare liana actinidia and magnolia vine and wild species of clematis. Another addition will be a moorish lawn of perennial grasses and flowers – phacelia, eschscholzia, maiden pink and bellflower,” commented Sokolniki Park’s press service.
Also, developers have included 30 benches and 80 streetlamps on the replacement list. Renovators will resurface paths, repair wooden bridges over the dry brook and restore five sculptures from the Maternity series by local artist Boris Machkov.
Historically, Sokolniki used to be a recreation site for Russian tsars. Tsar Alexis of Russia and emperors Peter the Great and Alexander I would relax from their public duties there. The territory became a city park in 1931, and soon after a dance veranda, restaurant, café, reading halls, exhibitions and amusement rides emerged.
Sirenevy Garden opened in the park in 1958. It lies in the central part of the park between 5th Luchevoi Prosek and 6th Luchevoi Prosek. The garden’s total area measures 1.34 hectares. It features lilacs, 60-year-old blue spruces, 100-year-old oaks, aspens, pear trees, ornamental apple trees, an Amur cork tree and more.
Moscow prioritises both the construction of new parks and the improvement of existing ones. Special attention is given to the restoration of historical green sites. Next year, the administration of the Ostafyevo Estate will recover the lost two-centuries’-old birch grove where Nikolai Karamzin, the author of Poor Liza and The History of the Russian State, used to walk.