It is also meant to function as an inclusive, community integration circle that supports the sustainable growth and cohesiveness of the local community by enhancing the region’s tourism and economic potential. The aim of the ECSO’s activity is to preserve and disseminate knowledge on the garden art of historical lands of Silesia and to support greenery-orientated international cooperation. The ECSO began operations in 2020, and the opening of the building is scheduled for 2030. Until then, the Centre is using the interiors of Sarny Castle to present temporary exhibitions. The ECSO’s namesake is Eduard Petzold, the designer of Sarny Castle’s landscape park.
Eduard Petzold (born in 1815 in Königswalde, now Lubniewice; died in 1891 in Blasewitz, now a district of Dresden) created 174 designs for garden and residential parks as well as municipal squares and promenades in the present-day territories of Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Austria, Bulgaria and Turkey. In 1831, he began learning gardening in Muskau Park under the direction of Jacob Heinrich Rehder and Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau; he subsequently continued this education in Britain, Italy, France and Switzerland.