The first Polish biography of Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau

Warsaw, Poland

150 years ago, the gardener and designer Eduard Petzold published the first biography of his master, the famous Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau. On this occasion, we will publish its first Polish translation. This will help us learn more details about the life of an aristocrat and the design workshop of one of the most important garden creators in 19th-century Europe.

Photo by ECSO

Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau (1785-1871) was an aristocrat, traveler, gardener and writer who played an important role in the development of the landscape style of gardens and parks. The Prince’s most outstanding works include Muskau Park, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and the Park in Branitz. In the years 1843-1849 he also actively participated in the arrangement of other sites such as the Babelsberg Park near Potsdam. In the mid-19th century, he collaborated with Napoleon III on the rearrangement of the Bois de Boulogne in Paris. Thanks to his passion and achievements in the field of garden art, he was called the “Green Prince”.

In 1874, the first biography of Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau, written by Eduard Petzold, was published. The book contains not only details of the aristocrat’s life, but also his design legacy passed on to his student in personal conversations and letters. The text takes the reader on an extraordinary journey into the gardens of the Romantic era, shaped by the artistic sensitivity and unlimited imagination of their creators. It is also an extremely rare record of the master-disciple relationship that shaped Eduard Petzold’s garden workshop. To this day, about eighty gardens and parks designed by Petzold remain within the modern borders of Poland, including: the Sarny Castle, palaces in Bożków and Kamieniec Suski and cities such as Legnica and Bolesławiec.

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the publication of the biography of Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau, we have started a project to prepare and publish its Polish translation. The initiative is coordinated by the Eduard Petzold European Centre for Garden Art, in partnership with the Sarny Castle Trust and the Prince-Pückler-Museum Park and Palace Branitz Foundation. The project was co-financed by the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation within the “culture” priority. This summer, readers will receive the first Polish-language biography of the Prince, supplemented with texts by German and Polish historic gardens specialists. The book will be available for sale from August 2024 only at Sarny Castle in Ścinawka Górna in Poland and Branitz Palace in Germany.

The book is published as part of the series: Eduard Petzold
Concept of the book series:
Łukasz Przybylak, Jacek Kuśmierski
Graphic design of the book series:

Park and Palace Branitz. Photos by SFPM Hans Bach & Andreas Franke

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