Voices from Russia

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Donetsk Botanical Garden Hosted Large Folk Art Fair

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Today, a Folk Art Fair entitled, “Autumn’s Opening” opened at the Donetsk Botanical Garden. More than 70 enterprises, studios, and creative associations put on display handicrafts made of metal, glass, ceramics, wood, and other materials. Besides this, participants held a concert and various workshops. This fair opens “A City of Craftsmen: The Botanical Garden… A Place of Art”. Svetlana Prikhodko, the director of the Botanical Gardens, told us:

Masters and craftsmen from all over the DNR attended this event. The fair portrays all the colours of autumn… we have potters, bakers, ceramicists, embroiderers, and many more. In addition to a huge variety of crafts, fairgoers can be part of photosets or take part in workshops on knitting, decoupage, and pottery. We’ll even have yoga classes on the Garden lawn. We expect up to 6,000 visitors, and they’d be able to find a souvenir to fit their taste. In addition to the exhibition and sale area, we also have a children’s area where kids can play games with giant puppets and other entertainment. For the first time, we’ll hold a special acoustic music concert in one of the greenhouses of the garden. The fair will last two days. We’ll hold the same sort of thing in the garden on Day of the Teacher. We want to establish a permanent market-fair for folk artists here in Donetsk.

Donetsk Botanical Garden, established in 1964, is amongst the largest in Europe, it covers 202 hectares (2 square kilometres, 500 acres/0.78 square mile). The establishment has a unique collection of 8,000 species, forms, and varieties of plants. Garden staff actively develops commercial garden botany, which is especially important for this industrial region.

5 September 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency

http://dan-news.info/obschestvo/doneckij-botanicheskij-sad-otkryl-masshtabnuyu-yarmarku-proizvedenij-narodnogo-tvorchestva.html

Saturday, 8 August 2015

8 August 2015. Another Morning at the Dacha…

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

50th Anniversary of the Donetsk Botanical Gardens… One of Largest in Europe

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Today, the Donetsk Botanical Garden (DBS)… one of the largest in Europe… celebrated its golden jubilee. The ceremony for the anniversary attracted retired staff, government officials, and Deputies of the DNR Peoples Soviet. Acting DBS Director Svetlana Prikhodko said, “This is a wonderful holiday, the 50th anniversary of our Donetsk Botanical Garden. It’s a time of attainment and at the same time a summing up. This is a time of advance and future plans. Our garden, despite the war, continues to carry on, create, and develop”.

Congratulations came in from scientists at European and SNG botanical gardens. They rated the work of their Donetsk colleagues highly, as they enriched the steppe land, developing botanical science in an industrial region. Where there were only smouldering slag heaps (waste rock extracted in coalmining), over a half-century, Donetsk botanists created greenhouses, they transforming the towns of the Donbass, and they offered new technologies to farmers. DNR Minister of Education and Science Larisa Polyakova said, “The DBS is now a major research centre. Its staff created their own scientific schools; they amassed a rich collection of species and forms of plants and seed samples. They also have established close coöperation with universities and schools of the Republic; they became partners in the environmental education of our youth”.

The foundation of the DBS was in 1965. A Komsomol shock brigade built it in the former Bogodukhovskaya Balke. In 1977, it opened its first addition; now, it comprises 203 hectares (502 acres). Over the years, Donetsk, largely thanks to the DBS staff, became one of the greenest industrial cities in Europe. Its researchers bred 56 new plant varieties, created 8,000 new mutations and hybrids, 142,000 seed samples, and a herbarium of 140,000 leaves, and established 80 natural reserve objects. Moreover, the DBS is a popular place of recreation for residents and visitors. Every year, it has 100,000 visitors. It operates a Small Academy of Sciences for local schools, students can practise, and they can send seedlings from here out to other places in the Donbass for planting. Even today, during this anniversary celebration, having received awards and congratulations, the DBS staff welcome our visitors… we want them to return again and again, to see this true green pearl of the Donbass.

19 May 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency

http://dan-news.info/obschestvo/odin-iz-krupnejshix-v-evrope-doneckij-botanicheskij-sad-otmetil-zolotoj-yubilej.html

Monday, 6 May 2013

6 May 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. It’s May! To the Backyard! We Gotta Plant the Potatoes!

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In Russian slang, to “plant someone” is the same as the American usage “they threw him in the slam”. So, Yolkin makes a funny out of “planting” and planting. In short, another play on words. Russians ARE going out to their dachas and setting up their gardens… after all, the Nasty Nineties might reoccur (when the oligarchs are dispossessed, it isn’t going to be pretty or painless).

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Russians are waiting for the long holiday in MaySergei Yolkin suggests what some are going to do with those five days of freedom.

29 April 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20130429/935214283.html

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