The 3rd Moscow International Festival of Landscape Art, Gardening and Nursery Sector “Gardens and People” was held from August 19 to September 4 in VDNH, Russia’s largest outdoor exhibition space, renovated after reconstruction.

In 2016 “Garden and People” festival was invited to become the co-organizer of the international exhibition “Flowers”, which is the largest professional exhibition of green industry. It is expected that the partnership between "Gardens & People" and the international exhibition "Flowers", which had been already held for 23 times, will give a new impact to the industry by bringing together under one roof nurserymen, gardeners, landscape designers and florists.

The dialog of traditions and innovations, entrepreneurship and the state, landscape art and business – it what is necessary for the development and prosperity of all the green market participants.

The theme chosen for the competition projects in 2016 was "Garden Time". Annie Guilfoyle, who led the festival's jury, is a garden designer, the founder of the Creative Landscapes Company, Director of the Garden Design Department in the KLC Design School of Hampton Court Palace, and the award-winning landscape architect holding different prestigious awards, including RHS Chelsea Flower Show Silver Medal.
Within the garden exhibition there were also held “Green Lecture Hall”, round-table discussions for industry professionals, as well as workshop sessions for all the lovers of landscape art.

The Head of the Jury:  Annie Guilfoyle - the founder of the Creative Landscapes Company, Director of the Garden Design Department in the KLC Design School of Hampton Court Palace (UK);

Award Panel:
Mario Bonicelli – landscape architect, the organizer of Garden Festival in Bergamo (Italy);
Viktoriya Dormidontova – professor, the holder of the architectural and computer graphics chair of Moscow State University, Ph.D. in Architecture, the member of the Union of Architects of Russia and Moscow Landscape Architects Association;
Ekaterina Ozhegova – landscape architect, historian, fine art expert, the reader (docent) in Landscape Architecture of Moscow Architectural Institute (State Academy);
Vladimir Kolesnik – landscape architect, director of Salix Design Company.




Garden Name: The Black Box Garden
Matthew Childs, Great Britain

The Black Box Garden was inspired by the world-famous work “Black Square” by Kazimir Malevich, which had become the “painted” declaration of the brand new language of artistic expression, abandoning realism for the simplicity of colours and forms. Entering the garden the visitors go down the slope to the Malevich’s pavilion. On either side of the pavilion there is an abstract scene representing forest fire. The pavilion itself is paneled with burnt timber, and this part of the garden symbolizes the perception of the world by adults. The pavilion acts as a kind of time machine, wherefrom the visitors can look at the garden through a child’s eyes from the outside where meadow plantings rampage.



Garden Name: Time in the Garden
Elena Dubnova, Olga Kvetkovskaya, Living Form Architecture Studio

Time is frequently called the fourth dimension of the garden. The project represents a living body which undergo certain changes in the course of time. Each of its distinct elements lives, grows, and restructures. The garden arrangement and framework vary with the season. The exposition displayed is made in the form of arrays of diverse plants. Drifting in space, various dogwood, small reed, and grass lawn patterns contour the green “cabinets”. Due to the differences in height, diverse framework elements create a wave, integrated by common direction of movement. The green “cabinets” are provided with decorative setting. Standard lamp, chairs and wicket gates against the background of distinctly cut out dogwood create comfortable and secure lounge areas, representing stopping points for time moments.



Garden Name: Garden 2010
Nataliya Dombrova, Neringa Landscape Studio, Togliatti (Russia)

From the perspective of summer’s 2010 events in Russia, namely of the forest fires, which were flaming in various parts of our country, including Togliatti, the garden concept focuses on the idea that the time required for destruction is far less than for recovery. The central element of the garden is a devastated landscape remained from the burnt forest. Dead and scorched trees, wild grasses, which render charred ruins habitable, and timid thicket sprouting, still requiring a very long time to become large trees.

Immersed into the atmosphere of tension, red-yellow, flame-coloured part of the garden, bordered by a dark streak emblematic of fire ditches which were used to cut off the fire, comes in contact with a small islet of intact nature where the water represented by Perovskia plants serves as a barrier for fire propagation.




Garden Name: Artifact
Oksana Khleborodova

The habitual comfort of the civilized world combined with the vigor and delicacy of unexplored wilderness is a dream of modern people living in the cities. The sharper is the boundary between the two worlds, the more intense are the feelings. But people are not the first to like this wonderful place: among the stones there reveals an ancient artifact – a sun clock.




Garden Name: All In Good Time – The Braer Company Project
Anna Lozinskaya, Maria Krutova

In our fast moving time with accelerating pace of life and constant stress, people, for the most part, can communicate only in snatches: by means of social media or at the much-anticipated weekend. For this reason we decided to make the garden a private space where people will be able to communicate with each other in a pleasant atmosphere. As such a private place they, for example, can use the green cabinet, hidden in the flowering growth of a hedge maze which, at the same time, remains open from all the four sides.

The center element of the garden, banding people together and tuning them for living face-to-face communication, is a fireplace with ardent light, which since ancient times was used to gather families and friends around the warm fire. The concept of a fireplace perfectly characterizes the meaning of “friendship” itself. It also reminds of the Hedgehog from the famous and well-liked Soviet/Russian animated film who, just as the majority of modern people, roams in a fog of his life and feels very happy each time when he manages to meet a soul-mate to sit together by the fire. Paving on the site is made of small tiles imitating embers and sparks scattering from the fire. Then it changes into paths with broader tiles inviting the visitors into the garden. The mist around the plants adds privacy to the place which looks mysterious in the dusk, and feels comfortable during the hot weather. We are sure that in such a comfortable place people will by all means find some time to get together around the fireplace and will be happy to share a good time with each other, communicating, exchanging news and experiences, singing songs or simply looking at the fire just like the Hedgehog in the Fog with his friends.




Garden Name: A Time For Harvest
Valeriya Goryainova, Olga Schastlivaya

A time to gather anything is a stage of life when we begin to analyze the results of our deeds. “As you sow, you shall mow”, - the old adage tells us. “What you give is what you get”, - the Bible says. In late summer there comes a beautiful time when the gardens completely transform and convey some special meaning. All around us there appear fruit, fragrant jam, and tight ears of wheat. The nature presents its generous gifts to each one who was grateful, overseeing, hardworking and creative…

Polygonized structure of the garden is used as a prototype of Bénard cell. Such convection structure acts as the major source establishing the order in the universe, and the polygonized structures strict succession reflects the ability of organized matter to withstand chaos. It is the common consistency that provides the possibility of the Earth existence without destruction in the course of time.






Garden Name: The Seasons. Dedication to Tchaikovsky.
Designers: landscape architects
Natalia Borisova and Evgeniy Korneev, NB-GARDEN Landscape Studio,
Sculptor -
Alexandra Knyazeva

The change of seasons – can you imagine anything that is more natural and beautiful? It is surely for a reason that this theme is so commonly reflected in different works of art. In December 2016 it will be 140 years since the first edition of twelve short character pieces for solo piano by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, collected under common name “The Seasons”, was published. “The Seasons” are considered to be some kind of the composer’s musical diary which reflects his personality and emotional experiences. His music reveals geographical vastness of Russia, pictures of native nature, habitual countryside life, and city landscapes of St. Petersburg, including northern summer “white” nights. Images, associations, and emotions inspired by the music were reflected in the exhibition garden. This memorial project represents our gratitude to the great Russian composer.





Garden Name: A Hut with Greened Roof
Olga Pyatakova

Project description: The concept of this garden originates from childhood. Just imagine: summertime, heat, tallgrass, and an ideal hideaway, associated with the fondest memories of the childhood – a hut, or a tree house… Is there a single person who never built it when a child? It was considered to be a very good chance to get somewhere an old wooden window frame to complete it with lumps of planks and plywood to make the “top style” hut which was already more of a real architectural building. By some miracle, it survived in the garden for many long years giving joy not to a single generation of children. It became covered with soft and warm moss, overgrew with weeds, thus through the years more and more merging with the garden’s landscape. These fond memories, an idyllic reflection of childhood underlined the concept of the garden with the hut-like pavilion. The asymmetrical pavilion made of symbolically-rendered window frame and long pitched roof, planted with cover-ground crassula and sedums (extensive green roof) is sure to become the favorite place of the new generations of children. The pavilion can be used to play, to gather the whole family for lunch or simply dreaming sitting on top of a roof, and exposing the face to the sun.




Garden Name: Relax Garden
Katerina Boganova

“There is no time!” – just think, how often we hear modern people saying this, busily running around with plenty of disorganized thoughts. At least sometimes each of us should find spare time to HEAR ONESELF. Regarding this the Relax Garden represents an absolutely timeless space with no way to just run into it for a moment. Water gazing makes a visitor to stop for a kind of meditation during which one can for a bit reflect on the eternal things. It is symbolic of the garden that all its “plants” are depicted in the framework of solid inanimate matter (including ceramics and upholstery), which offers visitors the possibility to experience the flow of time.



Garden Name: Time Spiral
Evgeniya Russu, Alveder Landscape Company (Samara, Russia)
Welded sculpture “Borean” by metalsmith
Anatoly Sokolov; Chaos-Art Workshop (Samara, Russia)
Anna Zaslavskaya (Samara, Russia)

In ancient times there existed highly developed civilizations on Earth, the most prominent of which were Atlantis and Hyperborea. Affected by some external factor, Atlantis went under the water, while Hyperborea survived. The external influence resulted in the so-called Pole Shift which, in its turn, incurred an abrupt climate change. The science and culture of people used to living in cold climate with lack of sunlight kept establishing and developing for over than thousands of years. But the Earth gradually got colder and all living things ceased to exist. The most advanced technologies of one of the greatest civilizations ever turned out to be powerless at the face of disaster. People who achieved a very high spiritual level took a decision to abandon the Earth. Their souls ascended to the other universe, leaving the breathless corpses in the homeworld. The time spiral made another regular loop, and after millions of years the life began to return to the Earth again filling the free space and giving the possibility of new evolution cycle to start for another civilization.


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