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Three Garden Communities: Close to Warsaw, Far from Big-City Bustle
May 31, 2012   
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Historic villas tucked away amid lush vegetation and the ambiance of early 20th-century health resorts lingering in resident-friendly garden towns—this is what the communities of Brwinów, Milanówek and Podkowa Leśna are in a nutshell. The towns signed a cooperation agreement in 2010, joining forces to stimulate development in the three neighboring communities, which share similar social, economic and urban-planning features. The agreement aims to protect natural beauty in the area and highlights the importance of historic buildings. The three communities are keen to engage in activities aimed at cultivating local traditions.

In the early 20th century, woodlands around Warsaw became a popular location for summer cottages, boarding houses and residences built for Warsaw-based financiers, intellectuals and artists who sought refuge from the big city and wanted to spend time close to nature. The rise of Podkowa Leśna, Milanówek and Brwinów in those days was inspired by ideas contained in Garden Cities of Tomorrow, a book by British urban planner Ebenezer Howard.

Come to the Open Gardens Festival
Brwinów, Milanówek and Podkowa Leśna are each unique in their own way, boasting different and interesting histories as places where famous writers and artists used to live and work. You will get a unique opportunity to explore this special microcosm during the Open Gardens Festival, which is an annual event held in the setting of private yards and villas. The places tell the stories of their architects and constructors, special guests and families who resided there in the past and others who continue to live in Brwinów, Milanówek and Podkowa Leśna. We encourage you to visit the towns on three weekends in June, one at a time. The extensive festival program is sure to suit all tastes.
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