Renovation of the garden

After the establishment of the Rundāle Palace Museum, the future of the palace park had to be decided. At that time, the Baroque garden was overgrown, the carved trees had grown tall and thin, and there was a school sports ground instead of the parterre. Theoretically, everyone agreed that Rundāle is the only place in Latvia where it is possible to reconstruct a regular French-style Baroque garden. But in practice there was a lot of resistance, because the old trees had to be cut out and the plantations had to be renewed. The trees were cut out from 1975 to 1978; the planting of trees could begin in 1984.

The park after cutting out of trees. 1976
The park after cutting out of trees, the original alleys are marked by tree stumps and ditches. Aerophoto, 1978

Implementation of the projects was slow and complicated, as it was impossible to find an organization that could in rural conditions be able to accomplish all the necessary complexities. A part of the work was taken by the museum staff, a lot of help was provided by the people in joint work. In September 1983, the largest joint work in the history of the museum was organized in the park – 2,180 people continued to build a network of paths, which was begun in 1978.

Joint work of making paths. 1983
Planting of the first linden tree for the central alley. 1984

In 1985, 8,900 hornbeams were planted and the formation of high hedges was begun, which surround the bosquets – areas separated by alleys and cross-alleys. All planting and maintenance work was carried out by the museum staff.

The renovation of the park became more intense after 1998, when restoration the Gardener’s House began, and in 2002 after the restoration of the southern façade of the palace. In 2003, the reconstructed Green Theatre was opened. In 2005, the ambitious rose garden project began to materialize.