Many gardens and parks in the Czech Republic are being restored to their original designs; this includes not only great Baroque spaces, as in the video below, but also the surroundings of houses, such as the Secessionist Jurkovič Villa and the 1930s Tugendhat Villa, both in Brno. You can help us to raise funds for new projects that will yield real results and place historic buildings in their proper surroundings.
We have already helped several sites with their gardens, including the remarkable gardens at Nové Město nad Metují. From 1911-12 Dušan Jurkovič laid out the garden situated to the side of the historic château.
His interest in ethnography and folk art is seen in the remarkable wooden bridge linking the upper and lower garden terraces painted and decorated in the spirit of Moravian folk art.
When the estate was restituted to the Bartoň-Dobenín family in 1992, they found the gardens badly neglected. Since then Joseph and Pat Bartoň have carried out a long-term programme of repairs, faithfully following Jurkovič’s plans.
We gave funds towards the restoration of a statue at Lysice château, see aerial view, left. The château has a number of outstanding features, including an elevated walkway over a colonnade that projects into the garden. For further details please see our completed projects.
As part of our current work we are raising funds for a statue of Apollo in the grounds of Valtice château in South Moravia.