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Open Gardens Festival
May 28, 2013   
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The ninth annual Open Gardens Festival in Podkowa Leśna near Warsaw will be held on the second weekend in June.

The festival is attracting new fans every year, largely owing to the fact that it is organized by local residents who invite visitors into their own gardens and houses, where many of the festival events are held. Guests can see artists’ workshops, attend exhibitions and concerts and enjoy other attractions.

Podkowa Leśna is Poland’s only fully developed “garden city,” an urban planning concept with an interesting history. Garden cities date back to the late 19th century when, in 1898, British urban planner Ebenezer Howard published a book entitled Garden Cities of Tomorrow. A second edition was published in 1902. In the book, Howard envisioned prosperous and people-friendly cities without slums which combined the advantages of city life—high salaries, career opportunities and a wide choice of entertainment—with the benefits of living in the countryside—natural surroundings, picturesque landscapes, fresh air and low costs of living. Howard’s ideas were a response to the rapid growth of overpopulated cities. The garden cities he proposed were satellite towns with low-rise buildings and vast green areas, including forests, gardens and parks.

In Poland, the garden city concept became popular in the first half of the 20th century and was mainly pursued in the suburbs of Warsaw and satellite towns around the capital. Podkowa Leśna is the finest example of the real-life application of Howard’s ideas in Poland.

Admission is free to all events during the Open Gardens Festival. For further details go to www.ckipodkowa.pl
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