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Sunday, 23 June 2013
Lilac Day at Tsarskoye Selo
Topic: Tsarskoye Selo

The exhibit was on display in the Mountain Hall which is under restoration. Photo Credit: Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve

On 6th June 2013, Tsarskoye Selo had the Lilac Day, an event organized together with the National Association for the Revival of Historic Gardens and Parks and the International Lilac Society.

The event commemorated the birth date of Empress Alexanda, the wife of Tsar Nicholas II. Alexandra loved all tints if the colour mauve, that is why the Lilac (Mauve) Study became her favourite room in the Alexander Palace of Tsarskoye Selo. In spring and on the Tsarina's birthday it would be filled up with the scents of her favourite lilacs and lilies-of-the-valley. Her other rooms were decorated with flowers all year round too. The Maple and Palisander Drawing-Rooms had gorgeous bouquets of lilacs from either the Tsarskoye Selo Greenhouse or the Crimean Livadia.

Dressed to the 'lilac code', the participants and invitees listened to a brilliant 'lilac lecture' and saw Alexandra's authentic dress, which was put on display in the Alexander Palace for the first time, courtesy of the Pavlovsk Museum. They also visited Alexandra's Lilac Study blooming with fragrant and lovely lilac blossoms and planted lilac seedlings, provided by the Piccoplant nursery, near the White Tower in the Alexander Park.

© Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve. 23 June, 2013



Posted by Paul Gilbert at 11:11 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 23 June 2013 11:30 AM EDT
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