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Andrey’s garden in RUSSIA!

When Andre Lysikov sent me just one beautiful photo from Russia yesterday, I begged him to send me more. Luckily he was at his computer and obliged! He says, "I'm biologist, garden writer, and garden photographer. Sometimes I help people to make gardens. I live in Moscow and have small dacha in the suburbs. Here are several photos of my garden." I know it's terribly uneducated of me, Andrey, but when I think of Russia, I can't think past visions of snow! You've changed that today, that's for sure. Your garden is LOVELY! Please send more photos.  **Anybody speak Russian? You can check out Andrey's website HERE!**

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  1. Nurserynotnordstroms 10/28/2014

    Andrey what is the current season? Is it spring in Russia? Or are these photos a few of spring some in the summer and a couple in the fall? Beautiful photos and all of the plants look familiar. I love the pond and the seating next to it what great way to unwind. Looks like an outdoor stove or fireplace for those chilly evenings. I'm so glad Michelle asked for more photos one definetly wouldn't have been enough. Your gardens are so beautiful and I love the way you have combined your plants.

    1. user-7007281 10/29/2014

      Thank you! There are different seasons on my pictures.To show a garden in photos well, it is necessary to live in it or at least to go there often, at different times of year )

  2. perenniallycrazy 10/29/2014

    Andrey, your garden sanctuary is not only beautiful but very interesting. There's so many things to see with every turn (and every photo). Can you tell us how you've created your sanctuary?

    1. user-7007281 10/29/2014

      Thank you! It seems to me, that the garden must be a little mysterious and has to reveal for visitors gradually. Even very small garden. We created it with my wife durind ten years or more remaking gradually zones one for another.Earlier there was only a kitchen garden, couple of flower beds and fruit-trees. We started to transform the garden when we began traveling on gardens abroad and I started to write articles and books about it.

  3. myaglubpanny 10/29/2014

    How utterly charming.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 10/29/2014

    So beautiful. I think this is a very classy, lush garden. Your garden photography is just wonderful, too. thanks for sending in photos!

    1. user-7007281 10/29/2014

      Thanks )

  6. user-7006958 10/29/2014

    Lovely garden! I especially like the red fritillary grouping. Need to plant some as soon as possible.
    In case Andre doesn't reply to the seasons and temperature questions, Moscow has a zone 5b plant hardiness and four seasons as lets say in Northeast and Midwest US. The seasons start at about the same time with the seasons in US. Snow on the ground is usually between November to April.

    1. user-7007281 10/29/2014

      Daniela, thank you! What about the climat, I estimate USDA zone of Moscow as 5, but in suburbs as 4a-4b.

  7. NCYarden 10/29/2014

    Andrey, your garden is stunning. This is my kind of garden, and your style is similar to my own. I love the use of the many trees and large shrubs with the the smaller perennials mixed in. The stones and wood elements are great accents. Refined without being formal. An inviting garden for sure, each image begging more interest for what lies ahead.I would love to see more photos. Thank you for sharing.

    1. user-7007281 10/29/2014

      Thanks a lot! Frankly speaking I didn't expect such kind reviews of my garden. It always seems that it isn't absolutely perfect and still a lot of things are required to be made ))

  8. PattyLouise 10/29/2014

    I must admit that I wasn't expecting such lovely gardens from Russia. I too, only thought of snow. What a pleasant surprise! I especially love the second picture. I feel like I can walk right into the garden! Wonderful job!

    1. user-7007281 10/29/2014

      Thanks !

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    meander_michaele 10/29/2014

    It's wonderful to see the international language of gardening "spoken" so beautifully through your pictures. The plants are sumptuous and all the hardscape elements are very well done. It looks like a very welcoming garden with interesting walkable pathways using different materials. I'd be delighted to take advantage of sitting on that bench and gazing about at so much beauty. I'd love to know what the large blue arching flowers are in the 4th picture down...they are so stunning.

    1. user-7007281 10/29/2014

      Thank you a lot! I also think that gardens unite people around the world. There is deep blue lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus) on the right down in the 4th picture. There is climbing Atragene too.

  10. ingehaneke 10/29/2014

    Andrey, your garden is beautiful !

    1. user-7007281 10/29/2014

      Thank you ))

  11. annek 10/29/2014

    Moscow is 5b??? I would've never guessed except for the lovely display of so many recognizable flowers that grow in our zone 5. Beautiful design, Andrey with lots of color, diversity and excellent structure. Makes me want to visit!

    1. user-7007281 10/29/2014

      Thanks ! I sent several another pictures of my garden to Michelle and if she wants, she will show it too ))

      1. annek 11/13/2014

        Oh, I hope so, Andrey! I love your gardens...quite an inspiration.

  12. user-1020932 10/29/2014

    another beautiful gardenjust the way i like them,,,,,full, heavily planted, robust and vibrant. great job and your website is enjoyable as well. thanks to google translate i could do more than just look at the photos. Thanks!

    1. user-7007281 10/29/2014

      Thank you! I am glad that interested you )

  13. greengenes 10/29/2014

    What a wonderful opportunity to see your gardens, Andre! They are very nice and full of life and creativity! Iam happy for you with the job that you have, teaching others! Thanks so much for sharing with us! Happy gardening!

    1. user-7007281 10/29/2014

      Thanks a lot! It's very pleasant )

    2. user-7007281 10/29/2014

      Thanks a lot!

  14. user-7007083 10/29/2014

    How fun to look at a garden half way across the world, and to be able to identify all the plants as something that will grow in my yard, too! Beautiful and peaceful garden--thank you for sharing!

    1. user-7007281 10/29/2014

      Thank you!

  15. thevioletfern 10/29/2014

    Love, love, love your garden. I just had to say.

  16. GrannyMay 10/29/2014

    Andrey, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful garden. It is obvious that you are a great photographer as well as a talented gardener - the photos are so wonderful I could not pick a favourite view!

    Is this in Moscow or at your dacha? I love your design, so many pathways to explore, the peaceful pond area, well placed variety of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals, not to mention the structures and garden art. It would take many happy hours to explore it all!
    Could you tell me the name of that blue-flowering plant in the 4th photo? Is it a Lupine?

    1. user-7007281 10/29/2014

      Thank you! Yes, it's a Lupine and it grow at our dacha near Moscow (50 km away)

  17. susan749 10/29/2014

    Really beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us!

  18. alexiadenawoolard 10/29/2014

    Andrey, wonderful, beautiful!!!! Amazing gardening! Thank you so very much for sharing your beauty of your world!!!

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  19. user-7007283 10/29/2014

    Truly beautiful

  20. wittyone 10/29/2014

    This is certainly a beautiful and well planned garden. As has been said your many paths and little nooks and crannies surely must make for an interesting stroll through the various areas. Not being a traveler I had expected to see many unfamiliar plants and was surprised at the 5 zone. The picture in my head is of frozen tundra, snow covered and very, very cold. Guess you can blame Dr Zhivago for that mental picture. Like meander 1 the blue lupine caught my eye immediately----- such a gorgeous color and a lush full plant. It's obvious that you are a professional photographer since you frame the pictures so well.

    Thanks so much for sharing part of your world with us.

    1. user-7007281 10/29/2014

      Thank you for your kind words )

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    HelloFromMD 10/29/2014

    What a magnificent garden! My favorite area is picture #3 with the conifers, rocks, path, and perennials. I'm impressed by the juxtaposition of the thyme and your water feature. Beautiful. Great results using restraint. Gardening is a form of art which your garden is certainly a showcase of. Thanks for posting.

    1. user-7007281 10/29/2014

      Thanks, we tried as could )

  22. christianesterges 10/29/2014

    Hi , Russia ... I didn't expect a garden like this out there either ...(writing from Brussels , old Europe )as a matter of fact, I'd never seen a picture of a russian garden before .. yours is a stunningly beautiful masterpiece , looking unexpectedly familiar ...keep the pictures coming please Andrey...

    1. user-7007281 10/29/2014

      Thank you, Christiane !

  23. Cenepk10 10/29/2014

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! That was DREAMY !!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHH i just can't stop saying AHHHHHHHHHHHHH !!!!!!!!

  24. foxglove12 10/29/2014

    What a treat! Absolutely lovely and looks tranquil. Proves that the love a gardens is borderless.

  25. CarlaGriffin 10/29/2014

    It's gorgeous! I love the dragonfly in the lily pond.

  26. sheila_schultz 10/29/2014

    Andrey, your garden is so thoughtfully designed, and very different from what I am used to seeing. The plantings are beautiful with all of the colors and textures, but what pulls everything together for me is that they are extraordinarily blended with the stones, pathways, etc. Usually, I see the plants first. With your post, the stones caught my attention and the plants were secondary. I like the water feature and grass, too! Please keep posting, your work is very special.

    1. user-7007281 10/30/2014

      Great thanks, Sheila!

  27. marthaollis 10/30/2014

    Like many others I was pleasantly surprised.One question stays in my head? Is it common for individuals in Russia,who are not teaching or working with gardens, to plant gardens for personal pleasure. I would love to see more both ornamentals and edibles. Apparently many of us are totally unfamiliar with Russian gardening culture.

    1. user-7007281 10/30/2014

      Martha, almost every private garden was kitchen garden in Russian 20-30 years ago (flowers were "on the second plan"). Now gardens become more decorative.

      1. marthaollis 10/31/2014

        I love kitchen gardens. you can't beat the good organic food. My first love is ornamental perennials. it is a pleasure to see your garden and learn about your culture first hand. Thank you.

  28. NevadaSue 10/30/2014

    Andrey, your garden is amazing! Such a wonderful variety of colors and texture. I love the paths and stone work throughout the garden. You have truly made a inviting paradise to enjoy. Your eye for design and creativity are very evident in these pictures.
    I'm so grateful you decided to share with us and I will look forward to more pictures as the seasons and years go by. Thank you, Thank you. :)

    1. user-7007281 10/30/2014

      Thank you!

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