Exhibition of straw gardens "Garden Virus"

WY5A9378We invite you to the exhibition "Garden Virus", which opens on June 13 at 1 p. m. at the Trakai Culture Palace and will run until September 1.

Straw gardens are some of the most beautiful and significant ornaments of traditional Lithuanian art. Art of straws gives meaning to the idea of creating a perfect world and is related to the heavenly garden - paradise. The garden consists of squares, connected in a harmonious whole, that is a symbol of matter, and triangles, meaning spirit. Hanging from the ceiling, the garden creates a festive space, and as it rotates, it cleanses the space, filling it with good energy, order and harmony.

Straw gardens were made all over Lithuania and were an important part of the nation's customs. They were gifted to the newlyweds and hung over the wedding table. Straw gardens were also made at the birth of a baby and donated to settlers. The gardens also decorated the houses before the big holidays of the year - Christmas and Easter.

Straw gardens these days are reborn and trending, they are coming back to our homes and celebrations, becoming home decorations. Vilnius Ethnic Culture Centre pays a lot of attention to the revival and dissemination of the garden tradition, so celebrating the Year of Folk Art, we are organizing an exhibition of straw gardens made by amateur garden makers.

The exhibition features 17 garden binders from all over Lithuania - from Klaipėda to Švenčionys, who present 37 gardens at the exhibition. One luminous garden, made by Morta Tursė from Anykščiai, will be seen on the street near the Trakai Palace of Culture.

The youngest garden maker of the exhibition is 13 years old, the oldest, Marija Eigirdienė, is 70. When asked why she started making the gardens, she replied: "I don't know why do I make them, I just know that I can't live without straw gardens..."

You can visit the exhibition on working days from 8 a. m. to 5 p. m. To do this at another time, you should make an appointment by calling 8 658 13165.

The exhibition is organized by Vilnius Ethnic Culture Center and Association "Dangaus Sodai".

Partners: Trakai Culture Palace, Trakai - Lithuanian Capital of Culture 2020.