THE CENTENARY OF THE PALANGA PARK
 
Regimantas Pilkauskas
Summary
Rene Andre (1867-1942) Antanina and Feliksas Tiskeviciai  Adouard Andre (1840-1911)
The Palanga park is situated on the coast of the Baltic Sea in Palanga, one of the biggest health-resorts of Lithuania. The park, which was founded by count Feliksas Tiskevicius, is celebrating its centenary. On this occasion the Lithuanian post has printed a special envelope and a poststamp designed by artist Grazina Ozkinyte. The whole magazine “Zemaiciu zeme” 1997 / 1 is devoted to the history and nowadays problems of the Palanga park. Sculptor Motiejus Narbutas made a medal for this occasion.
The main event of the centenary commemoration was the conference called “The future of parks in Lithuania”, which was held Palanga, Tiskeviciai’ Palace on 5-7 September, 1997 in Palanga. Pranas Zeimys the mayor of Palanga and Antanas Sebeckas, the director of the park opened the conference. The managers and researches of all times of the Palanga park were remembered. Everyone rose to honour the memory of the well-known Polish landscape architect Prof. Longin Majdecki. He had promised to come to the conference, but unexpectedly died on 14 July, 1997.
The Palanga park was designed by the famous French landscape architect Edouard André (1840-1911). Mrs. Florence Andre Kaeppelin from France, the President of the Edouard André Association, was the first to speak at the conference. She talked about her grand grandfather's works in Europe and South America as well as works of her grandfather's landscape architect Rene Andre (1867-1942).
Prof. Jurgis Bucas, Kestutis Labanauskas, Dr. Laimutis Januskevicius, Dr. Petras Grecevicius and others described the development of the Palanga park during one hundred year.
Parter of the Palanga Botanical ParkProf. Olav R. Skage from Sweden talked about the problem of development of parks in Northern countries. The President of the Lithuanian Association of Landscape Architects Prof. Vladas Stauskas analysed the possibilities of use of seaside dunes for recreation. Dr. Liucijus Dringelis showed how new buildings penetrate into the parks. As a way out of a bad situation of urban green areas, colleague Alvydas Zickis suggested to establish Department for provision of green areas in the local government. It would share the work with the departments of Architecture and urbanistics. Communal economy and Environment protection. Managers of urban green areas would work as equal partners with town builders and other urban land users.
The participants of the Conference took part in a party where a folk group of Palanga sang. Later they visited a curious farmstead of the Orvidai near Salantai and several parks in Northern Lithuania.
This book contains the reports of the Palanga conference. Big thanks to all who assisted to arrange and hold the conference and to publish this issue.
 
Prepared by: Pilkauskas R. The centenary of Palanga park // Lietuvos zeldynu ateitis /sud. Regimantas Pilkauskas. - Vilnius: Publishing Office of Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts, 2001. P. 11.
 
Photos from the book Pilkauskas R. The centenary of Palanga park // Lietuvos zeldynu ateitis /sud. Regimantas Pilkauskas. - Vilnius: Publishing Office of  Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts, 2000
  

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