The Imperial Gardens of Russia, the international festival of garden and park art, is an annual large-scale event held by the Russian Museum that takes place on its grounds, in the Mikhailovsky Garden.
The initiator and creator of the Imperial Gardens of Russia Festival is Vladimir Gusev, the Director of the Russian Museum.
The first Imperial Gardens of Russia International Festival was held from 30 May to 3 June 2008 in the Mikhailovsky Garden in celebration of the 110th anniversary of the Russian Museum. The main organizer was the Russian Museum with the support of the Prince Michael of Kent Foundation and the Union of Horticulturists of Russia. Since then, the festival has become an annual celebration for city residents and visitors, and it is also now one of St. Petersburg’s signature cultural events.
The central event of the festival is the landscaping exhibition and competition. In plots specially designated for the exhibition in the Mikhailovsky Garden, competition participants create landscaping compositions on a given topic. Each year, a working group comprised of Russian Museum staff develops a new theme and tasks for participants in the exhibition competition, as well as formulates the general plan of the entire festival, which also includes entertainment and educational activities.