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The Small Palffy Garden
Prague

This is the smaller of the two gardens situated adjacent to the Pálffy Palace (Valdštejnská Street No. 158). Records show that from the mid-1400s onwards vineyards existed on the site. A period painting dating from 1685 shows a Renaissance Italian-style garden there. Between 1712 and 1720, under Jan Josef Waldstein two burghers’ houses, including gardens, were united and rebuilt into a single structure. In 1731 the estate passed into the hands of the Fürstenbergs through the marriage of Waldstein’s daughter. Around the mid-1700s, on the initiative of Marie Anna of Fürstenberg, the garden was re-arranged into a Baroque terraced garden. In 1883 the palace, together with the gardens, became the property of the Pálffys, originally a Hungarian family, some members of which settled in the Kingdom of Bohemia in the late 1500s. The gardens bear their name to this day. Located on the southern slope, the garden is articulated into seven terraces interconnected by a perpendicular staircase situated rather asymmetrically on the east side. The vegetation there recalls the original utility character of the garden – it is planted with fruit trees (morello cherry, apple and pear trees). In the upper part you will find a small “Krakonoš Garden” planted with herbs and perennial plants. The niche in the retaining wall on the highest terrace is adorned by a sculpture created by Nejdek.

Text by Hana Pešinová

Copyright: Jakub Hruska
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