CAROLUS LINNAEUS GARDEN IN NARVA CASTLE provides space mainly for plants, named and described by Linnaeus. That way we honour the classification system of Carolus Linnaeus. To choose a project for the future garden a competition was organized together with the Swedish State Agency SIDA, Swedish embassy, Swedish Agricultural university, Estonian Agricultural Academy and Narva Museum. The preference was granted to the project "Linnaean gardens" by Keiko During, Andres Lindemann, Parvin Mazandarani and Henno Runnel. Technical project author is Kati Veski. Construction works were carried out by Ardens O?.
Depending on the choice of plants, each zone in the garden has its own character and subtheme, thus dividing the garden into the folowing zones: beauty garden, wild plants garden, moving garden and kitchen garden. Our visitor can not only enjoy the beauty of the plants, but also have a chance to taste those from two last zones. The plants in moving and vegetable garden will be changed annually. The new ones will be planted by Narva Museum in cooperation with landscape design students from Luua Forest college each spring.
The garden expands the possibilities of Northern Yard of Narva Museum. We are glad to invite our visitors to participate in special educational programs devoted to differents plants from Carolus Linnaeus garden.
The garden comes in accordance and adds to the objectives of Historic center of Narva Museum (Northern Yard):
• Science. Learning the history of Swedish period, especially its everyday life with the help of experiments, thus providing additional information about this period, not supplied by written and other sources;
• Popularization. Getting acquainted with Swedish period in a special environment that copies everyday life of those times. The objective here is to give a better knowledge and understanding of history and providing possibilities for a personal participation in it.
When creating the garden, Narva Museum followed the tradition of late 17th century, when herbal gardens were created near castles and palaces that had lost their military significance by those times. Carolus Linnaeus garden in Narva Castle is of classical type with plants that could be either used in a kitchen or for medical purposes.
The watering system was also built within the framework of the project. Up to 30 cubic meters of water could be taken from Narva river through castle's well tower to the yard of the castle. This is an unique watering system in Estonia. Not only it allows Narva Museum to use free river water, but it also reinstalls the historical function of the tower that was used the same way before.
Project "Creation of Carolus Linnaeus garden in Narva Castle" was accomplished in 2009 within the frames of Regional competitiveness improvement programme for small projects of Enterprise Estonia.