The ECSO permanent seat will be located in a barn from 1857.
The ECSO permanent seat will be located in a barn from 1857.
The Eduard Petzold European Centre for Garden Art (ECSO) is an innovative social initiative of the Eduard Petzold Foundation and the Sarny Castle Trust that combines the ideas of a museum and a heritage interpretation centre. Relying on Silesian cultural and natural values, it aims to play an active role in the life of the region as a place for learning and experiencing garden heritage.

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, ca. 1890, Walter Gresky Archive.
Eduard Petzold

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.

Thanks to his theoretical work, Eduard Petzold became the most important representative of the ‘Muskau’ gardening school and one of the leading theoreticians of European gardening in the late 18th and entire 19th centuries. In 1880, at the request of the then owner of the estate – industrialist Max Schneider – Eduard Petzold designed a landscape park by incorporating local dominant elements of the view into its composition and arranging the broad valley of the Włodzica River.

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