Russian forest and Moscow architecture: four new parks opened during Flower Jam festival

Russian forest and Moscow architecture: four new parks opened during Flower Jam festival
Photo by: Yuliya Ivanko
Project authors are well-known landscape designers from the UK, France and Sweden.

As part of the Flower Jam festival, world-famous landscape designers have created four all-season parks, designed in different styles. Serpentine Park is a metaphor for a Russian forest, Phoenix Park looks like illustrations of Russian fairy tales, the Park on Slavy Square demonstrates an innovative

Serpentine Park

Address: 52 Pererva Street

This Park covers 12,000 sq m. It is decorated with 131 trees, 560 shrubs and about 10,000 perennial flowers and plants.

The project author is a British landscape designer Matthew Childs, a frequent winner of prestigious garden exhibitions and winner of three gold medals of the Royal Society of Gardeners. He was inspired by the 18th century English artist William Hogarth's idea of a 'beauty line'. The curved main path passing through the Park invites to go deeper and recreate among the flower beds, go in for sports or play on the playground. According to the author's concept, the serpentine track unites different functional parts of the Park, just like the Park itself unites district residents of all ages.

Photo by: Yuliya Ivanko

It has trees and shrubs typical of moderate climate. Evergreen plants will delight visitors in early spring, right after the snow thaws. The green hills will visually diversify flat landscape and connect open spaces with play zones and sports grounds.

Phoenix Park

Address: 1 Svyatoozyorskaya Street

The Park cover an area of some 6,000 sq m. It  has 160 trees, 110 shrubs and more than 17,500 perennial flowers and plants.

The project author is a French and British landscape designer James Basson. He was inspired by Ivan Bilibin's illustrations  to Russian fairy tales. The project is based on 'The Tale of Ivan the Prince and the Grey Wolf', which features a firebird, Russian version of a Phoenix the Park owes its name to.

Stone boulders on its grounds refer to the fairy-tale waystones usually offered to the character to choose one of three roads. The image of these roads is made of multi-coloured distressed tiles.

Phoenix Park has large deciduous and coniferous trees about 20 years old, as well as decorative plants typical of moderate climate. In addition, lilac and rose bushes will grow here as a tribute to the Russian garden culture. By European technology, plants will root in sand.  There is a sand ongoing area nearby for children to play.

Stone-lined holes on the Park's grounds will become a drainage in spring to drain melt water.

Slavy Square Park

Address: 11 Volgogradsky Prospekt

The author of the Park's concept is a Swedish landscape designer Peter Korn, an expert in ornamental plants. He owns  his own nursery and has created many landscape designs in Sweden. He is engaged in scientific work, studying and creating natural plant communities resistant to severe weather conditions.

According to his own innovative system, Peter Korn's plants root in sand to grow healthy and strong. Slavy Square Park demonstrates this urban gardening technology with plants in no need of watering and care.

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The simple layout of the Park blends seamlessly with the architecture of the fountain located on the square. The garden has plenty of bright flowers, with oak trees along its perimeter fencing the Park off the road

Park in Mitino

Address: 31 Mitinskaya Street

Park's area is about 12,000 sq m. It has 110 trees, over 3,000 shrubs and about 15,000 perennial flowers and plants.

The project author is a British landscape designer Andy Stedgen, who created rooftop gardens, large private estates in the United Kingdom and many other projects around the world.

The main Park's spaces, children's playground, an amphitheatre, a square and a skating rink, are connected by wavy paths. The dense plants on the border of the Park protects it from the road's dust and fumes, with the Park's centre demonstrating seasonal diversity: in spring and summer, perennials will decorate the Park, with red and gold foliage in autumn, and evergreen conifers and shrubs with red berries in winter.

The project author gets the best of the Stalinist Empire architecture, Moscow's undulating topography and circular layout the semicircular benches refer to, with flower beds and amphitheatre shapes. Lilac and spirea, typical for Moscow gardens, as well as young birch trees surrounded by bushes, have been planted in the Park.

Flower Jam  is a Moscow landscape design festival. This year, it opened on 20 June and is to run until 8 September. Moscow residents and guests may view 42 designer gardens created by the best specialists from 11 countries, with 200,000 plants used.