The park with its magnificent old trees is an integral part of the manorial complex.The European white elm in Sagadi park has the largest diameter of its species in Estonia and the park’s 33-metre oaks are among the country’s tallest.
The Sagadi manor park is especially interesting due to its numerous wooden sculptures, which were created a decade ago by world renowned masters who attended a wood sculpture symposia held in Sagadi.
- Origins of the park
The oldest section of the Sagadi manor park was created in the 17th century and was remodelled in the middle of the 18th century into a small Baroque garden park.The creation of the garden park was led by the wife of Baron Johan Ernst von Fock, the well-known nature lover and aesthete Marta Eleonora von Manteuffel.A courtyard and a plentiful decorative garden were created in front of the main building and a pond was dug behind it.The old oaks by the pond still remind us of the former Baroque park.
In 1795, the Baroque garden was transformed into an informal English park.Lindens and a hedge were planted in front of the main building, while the pond located behind it was deepened.The last major alterations in the park were made by the nobles of the manor in 1894 with the creation of the splendid park ensemble consisting of various trees, which blends into a natural park forest on the eastern side.The park was equipped with a complex network of paths along with numerous pavilions and bridges.
When the nobles were stripped of their power, the park fell into disrepair.A plan for the reconstruction of the park was finalised only in 1979 and was mostly carried out by 1987.The orchard located in the eastern part of the manor grounds was restored and is now comprised of more than 150 apple, pear, plum, and cherry trees.
A 5.1 hectare arboretum was created on the western edge of the manorial complex in 1985.Foreign species of trees and bushes have been planted in the arboretum by genus and all species are identified by their names. Additional information on the plants is available on information plaques.The arboretum contains a total of 120 different species.
- Winter garden
The manor’s colourful winter garden is a fascinating place. While Sagadi has had a conservatory ever since the beginning of the 18th century, the current winter garden was completed in 1861. The winter garden of Sagadi manor contains a variety of plant species from China and Japan to emphasise Sagadi’s Baron Paul Aleksander von Fock’s associations with these countries.The Japanese-style furniture of the winter garden is in harmony with the plants.