Palanga botanical park

This landscape park is one of the prettiest, best preserved, and best maintained parks in coastal region of Lithuania. The park was designed by the famous French landscape architect and botanist Eduard Fransua Andre, (1840 -1911), who spent three summers in Palanga and headed the foundation of the park.

They were helped by the parks hoist Buyssen de Coulon who arrived from Belgium. The cultural value and artistic success of this park was determined not only by E. André’s talent, but also the natural and historical uniqueness of the park chosen and the abundance and compulsion of the park’s creative components. Park is scenic. It has a great variety of images and moods. The palace is located between the park’s pond and the historically famous Lithuanian temple – the legendary Birute Hill, which offers a beautiful view of the sea.

The main designer of this park, as before, is now also a relict pine forest. Little paths and squares with beautiful flower arrangements are laid out skillfully among the trees. Here, in the former Tiskeviciai Manor land, Birute Pušynas, a 21-meter-long, legendary Birute Hill, surrounded by 21 meters above sea level, has remained unharmed. Just in the vicinity of it, on one of the few peaks in the park’s territory, in 1897, Count Tiskeviciai built a neo-Renaissance-style palace. Highlighting the contours of the park’s landscapes there are regular spaces planned around the park’s palace. Before the northern facade is a large parterre landed which is entered by climbing down the stairway. It has a flower bed and a fountain, a statue of the “Blessing Christ”. On the south side, the palace is surrounded by a semi-circular rose garden, which is also connected to the palace terraces. The trees are brought to Palanga from Berlin, Königsberg and other European botanical gardens. Nowadays, the prevailing park forest species, as before, is pine. The black alder and spruce groups grow in damp areas. Introduceed woody plants are counted up to 250 species. There are 370 species of naturally growing herbaceous species, of which 24 are rare in Lithuania (1992 data).

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