From the terraced Baroque-style gardens along the southern slopes of Prague Castle, to the majestic concentration of Velkopřevorská Gardens, Vojanovy Gardens, Vrtbovská Gardens, and Waldstein Gardens in Malá Strana, the gardens of Prague are diverse and varied.
This weekend sees the tenth annual weekend of Open Gardens, presented by the society for Garden and Landscape Creation, and the National Monuments Institute. From June 6-7, 2020, visitors can enjoy free or discounted entry, special activities, and glorious views of typically unaccessible green lawns and tropical botanical flora.
Here are our tips for which of the participating Prague gardens to visit this weekend with some off-the-program bonus tips for lovers of greenery and blossoms.
Gardens under Prague Castle
The palace gardens below Prague Castle are located on the southern slope of Hradčany Hill, linking Prague Castle with the Lesser Town. The complex includes a total of five gardens – Ledeburská, Malá and Velká Pálffyovská, Kolowratská, and Malá Fürstenberská. They were built during the 18th century by important artists of the Czech Baroque and early Classical period, and the number of terraces, pavilions, orangeries and gloriette are reminiscent of Italian Renaissance gardens. Accompanying events: Concert by Nikol Fischerová, guided tours. See the full line-up here.
Visit an certified “natural garden” comprised of herbs and medicinal plants, perennials and annuals, traditionally and non-traditionally grown vegetables, and an insect hotel. Small group can take a guided tour with resident gardener Alenka Žbirková on Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon (reservations at firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also visit the newly opened “gardening window” selling organic-quality vegetable seedlings, seedlings for balcony and indoor flowers, and a diverse collection of perennials and herbs, at affordable prices. See the full line-up here.
Dendrological garden (Pruhonice)
Troja chateau garden
Garden settlement Kamínka, Zbraslav
This classic Czech “garden colony” plays an important roles in the city’s ecological functions. Experience the traditional environment of a Czech cultural institution and take a tour of the bonsai garden. Full line-up here.
Bonus: Charles University Botanical Garden
While not a part of the Weekend of Open Gardens, from June 5 to 28, check out the first exhibition of the year at this botanical garden, the oldest in the Czech Republic. Enjoy magical succulent landscapes; the exhibition will also include the sale of succulent plants and ceramic pots (note that the sale takes place next week).
The Open Garden & Squares Weekend originated in 1998 in the United Kingdom and always takes place during the June weekend. The project met with great acclaim and has eventually become a tradition throughout Europe. The event takes place throughout the Czech Republic with a number of landmark castle and monastery gardens participating. For the full list, see here.
NOTE: The organizers of the event are asking all attendees to give special consideration to social distancing measures at the gardens.