The Flower Garden

The main goal of the garden renovation is rehabilitation to the original form at the end of the 17th century (according to available iconography and present state of knowledge; above all based on Justus van den Nypoort and Georg Matthias Vischer´s graphics – the authors of a Flower garden graphic album from year 1691) with communication scheme (creation of the Cour d´Honneur) in accordance with later adjustments by Pavel Janák in mid-20th century.

Further, there will be revived and newly supported a parallel longitudinal compositional and operational axis (the Orange and Dutch garden, objects of the Cour d´Honneur, gardening place, Volaries) with the centre in the Arche´s Cour d´Honneur – crossing the axis of the Flower garden main entrance facing the Rotunda.

An essential part of the financial resources will therefore be given to the areas inapproachable for visitors, abolished or devastated and to the objects located on both sides of the garden entry entirely in the intentions of this projects motto: “We are putting sights back to life.” The abolished parts of the garden – Dutch and Orange garden – will be renovated as a garden in a garden, which means by reconstructing and putting back originally smaller units to a wider piece of land created at the beginning of the 18th century. The remaining peripheral band will mainly serve as a training area for the NCGC project participants. Primarily the entry object and both the disrepair greenhouses – Warm and Cold – will undergo an overall rehabilitation. As a result, there will be a visitor service provision of much better quality - the entry object will be completed with a permanent exhibition on garden history, a ticket office, restrooms and a bookshop. Further, a workplace will be established for educational employees and a small multifunctional hall serving for lectures and courses on various garden topics will be set up. The Warm Greenhouse will hold a representative exposition of plants. After completing the utility operations, the Cold Greenhouse will at last perform its natural function of storing plants during winter months as well as holding big cultural events.

Gardening unit, which will have to ensure and master quality maintenance and care of the rehabilitated areas of both chateau gardens, will undergo a total transformation and will also open up for public. In place of the present gardening unit – originally a baroque pheasantry – there will be a modern architecturally conceived greenhouse giving major support to the newly defined longitudinal compositional axis. The place of the former Rabbit Hill will be rehabilitated – complemented with a new formation or a copy of the original object and it will be reserved for leisure-time activities, above all for mothers with babies. The newly accessible axis will end with a modified Volary. All baroque buildings (farm houses) incorporated to the adjoining enclosure wall will be rehabilitated as well. All newly modified areas will be completed with garden adjustments arising from historic links. In the area of the Flower Garden and Garden Nursery surfaces will be modified and greenery partially renovated. The Garden Nursery will be complemented with two trout ponds. The water for the newly established water areas – so called Trout Ponds, the pool at the Volary and Neptune´s Fountain in the Dutch Garden – and for improving the quality of greenhouse watering will be acquired by collection of rain water from hard surface areas.