REDISCOVERY OF A FORGOTTEN GARDEN. RESEARCH ON THE VEGETATION OF THE GARDEN-MONUMENT OF OTETELIŞANU MANSION, IN ROMANIA

S.A. El Shamali, S. Burda, A.F. Iliescu, M. Dumitraşcu
In this study, we analyzed the evolution of vegetation in the Otetelişanu Garden. This was one of the first private gardens professionally landscaped in Wallachia, made by landscaping artist Carl Friederich Meyer towards the middle of the 19th century. Currently, the Otetelişanu Garden is declared a monument, being part of the Historical Ensemble of the Otetelişanu Mansion. For at least 80 years, it had not benefited of a professional maintenance, being left “forgotten”. In this context, its own evolution is interesting. The vegetation enrolled for a survival battle, and the nature entered its role there, where it was desired only to suggest it. The development of vegetation took its own course, many species of trees holding on in time and becoming true monuments of nature. The atmosphere became gradually that of a forest, so that the current vegetal structure of the garden fitted into the geo-botanical category of the historical area, of meadow anti-steppe. We conducted an evaluation study of the vegetation, which allowed us to observe the steps of plantation. Up to this moment, there has not been found any drawing of that period, which could contain information on the vegetal composition on the site. By using a simplified evaluation methodology, we determined the placement of the initial plantation on the site plans from different periods. We had obtained the partial image of the original landscaping of the 160 years old garden, this way contributing to the future restoration.
El Shamali, S.A., Burda, S., Iliescu, A.F. and Dumitraşcu, M. (2010). REDISCOVERY OF A FORGOTTEN GARDEN. RESEARCH ON THE VEGETATION OF THE GARDEN-MONUMENT OF OTETELIŞANU MANSION, IN ROMANIA. Acta Hortic. 881, 1015-1021
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2010.881.169
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2010.881.169
patrimonial value, forestry association, evolution, transformation, restoration
English

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