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Discover Sochi: History Of Sochi Arboretum
April 9, 2018 11:33


Sochi Arboretum is more than one hundred years old. In 1889 Sergey Khudekov, a nobleman born in Ryazan and a writer and a playwright of the capital city, a publisher of the “Petersburgskaya” newspaper, bought a plot of 140 acres of land in Dakhovskii Posad (Sochi), where he founded a subtropical park (48.5 acres) and a fruit garden (32.5 acres).

The park was created in a mixed style of park architecture, characteristic of XIX century. The collection of the Khudekovsky Park had 220 species of exotic trees. The park’s owner adored small architectural forms, so they filled the park after a dacha called “Nadezhda” in honor of Khudekov’s wife was built in the centre of the Arboretum in 1899.

The snow-white terrace was the place for an architectural ensemble called “Morning” consisting of five sculptures: “Rooster”, “Fisherman”, “Swimming Girl” and two “Shepherd” sculptures. The descending staircase is still framed by the antique vases for flowers and the sculptures “A Roman woman with a dagger”, “A Roman man with a ball” and “A boy with a fish”.

Khudekov was the one who ordered to erect a fountain called “Cupids” and a sculpture called “The dancing girl” (Sergei Nikolaevich was a great fan of ballet). Khudekov’s descendants were not destined to live in a tropical manor. The park was severely damaged during the Civil War, but the most part of it was restored later. In 1920 the Khudekovsky Estate was nationalized, renamed as “Arboretum” and opened for visits.

During the Soviet period the park was thoroughly taken care of. New plants and architectural structures appeared: the central fountain called “Fairy Tale” (by the sculptor V. Bogatyrev), the pool with the sculpture “A girl among the leaves” at the administrative building, the “Flora” pavilion, the sculptures “Nature” and “Neptune” in the Lower Park.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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