A tree-planting initiative to restore lost trees in the Tavrichesky Garden, which has become a good long-standing tradition of the Congress, will be held within the framework of the VIII Nevsky International Ecological Congress. The ceremony will bring together members of the Organizing Committee, as well as members of parliamentary delegations of the CIS Member Nations, and foreign guests.

The Tavrichesky Garden

The Tavrichesky Garden is a unique landscape monument of the XVIII century, built in the English landscape style as part of the countryside estate of His Highness Prince Grigory Potemkin.

William Gould, a talented gardener, created this picturesque garden with water reservoirs, stone canals, open meadows, beautiful hills, winding paths, and lanes lined with benches. A total of 23,000 trees were planted.

After the death of Prince Potemkin in 1791, Catherine II made the Tavrichesky Palace the imperial residence for autumn and spring seasons. She preferred walking in the Tavrichesky Garden to all other places.

The Tavrichesky Garden was maintained in excellent condition and managed by the Imperial Court. Swans swam in the garden ponds, peacocks roamed the lawns. Foreign high-ranking guests were often invited for a walk here on their arrival in St. Petersburg.

A new period in the history of the Garden begins in the 1960-s, when it was officially opened for hosting art exhibitions and charity concerts. In winter the ponds of the Tavrichesky Garden froze forming skating rinks, where the «Tavrichesky skating» competitions were held.

Today, the Tavrichesky Garden is a favorite resort for residents of St. Petersburg and tourists.

Initiatives to restore lost trees have become a good tradition.

A new lane of trees was planted in the Tavrichesky Garden in the framework of the V Nevsky International Ecological Congress in May 2012. The Congress participants planted elm seedlings.

The Green Wave tree-planting initiative dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 took place during the VII Nevsky International Ecological Congress in May 2015. The participants planted 70 seedlings of lindens and lilacs contributing to the preservation of this unique landscape monument, as well as to the improvement of ecological context of St. Petersburg.

Chairperson of the IPA CIS Council, Speaker of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Valentina Matvienko, as well as members of the Organizing Committee, MPs of the CIS member nations, representatives of international organizations, environmental experts, and general public.