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Creation of new planting bed at French formal garden of Rundale Palace, Latvia

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Rundale Palace is a true treasury of Baroque and Rococo art in Latvia. The palace with an adjacent French Regular park were designed by a famous Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli in the 18th century as a summer residence of the Duke of Courland Ernst Johann Biron, the favorite of the Russian Empress Anna Ioanovna.

Explore Rundale palace virtual tour here - http://www.virtuallatvia.lv/rundales-pils

Read more about French formal gardens at - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_formal_garden

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