Friday, May 27, 2005

Borin Pond in Pruhonice Park

There are three ponds in the Pruhonice Gardens: Podzamecky, Labeska and Borin. The last one, located in the very end of the deer park, is on this photo taken in May 2005. Notice a beautiful combination of red and green beeches on the left.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Pruhonice Deer Park

The photo shows a back part of the Pruhonice Gardens, former deer park, a beautiful and quiet valley of the Botic Stream between ponds Labeska and Borin.

The Pruhonice Park was established by Count Ernest Emanuel Silva-Tarouca in 1885. He made use of the diversified valley of the Botic stream and its ponds to reshape monotonous Central-Bohemian agricultural landscape into a park, which, at present, represents a top achievement of nature-landscape style of European importance. The present area of the Park is 250ha, with 40km of roads.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Rhododendrons in Pruhonice Gardens

Czech Botanical Institute collects about 8.000 Rhododendron species and hybrids in 240ha area of the palace garden around the Pruhonice Castle and in dendrological garden on the other side of the Pruhonice village.

The photo was taken in May 2005 and shows a small group of just flourishing Rhododendrons (Azaleas) in a bank of the Labeska Pond in the back part of the Pruhonice Gardens, formerly a deer park of the castle.

Slavkov (Austerlitz) Chateau

The picture shows the facade of Slavkov (Austerlitz) Chateau turned to the castle garden.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Slavkov (Austerlitz) Castle Garden

Slavkov (or Austerlitz in German) is best known as the place of the famous battle of three emperors -- Russian Tsar Alexander I, Austrian Emperor Franz I and French Emperor Napoleon, who won the battle -- held near there in December 2nd 1805. There is a beautiful chateau in Slavkov / Austerlitz designed in Baroque style by Italian architect Domenic Martinelli, and as well beautiful castle garden at the chateau.

The garden contains 47 sculptures of figures from Ancient myths mostly worked out by Italian sculptor Giovanni Giuliani and Austrian sculptor Ignatz Lengelacher in the first half of 18th century. The 15ha area of the park was partially renewed in the style of French Baroque garden between 1972-77 in accordance with the plan from the 1774.

A lot of scarce trees grow up in Austerlitz chateau garden: Ginkgo Biloba, Junglans Nigra, Gymnoclaudus Canadensis, Gleditischia Triacanthos and more.