The park is home to over a million plants that brush up against the open spaces of surrounding streets, squares, and embankments. The botanical variety of the park reflects Russia’s natural diversity, recreating four landscapes: steppe, forests, meadows and northern landscapes.
January is a Latin name of the month. Russians used to call this month “Prosinets” (celestial), because the sky starts clearing at this time and sunny days become longer. Before Peter the Great changed the calendar, the first month of the year was March, and January was, respectively, the eleventh month. January is the real winter month. The sky is clear, the air is frosty, and the snow in the Park is dazzlingly white – a real Russian winter. Nature is resting and gaining strength for the upcoming fertile season.
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“When Athanasius the Nose-Breaker comes, take care of your cheeks and nose” is a Russian folk saying. On the 18th of January, the day named after the Greek saint – Athanasius the Great, the Russian folk tradition was to turn away witches by conjuring chimneys. The Epiphany frost is crackling outside. Gardeners remember to fill the bird feeders, because taking care of the birds in winter will help the Park in spring. Birds will eat the insects and save the plants.
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People traditionally looked at the January weather to judge about the upcoming summer, whether it would be hot or rainy, dry or humid. On 25th January, St. Tatyana’s Day, people believed in special signs: if the day was sunny and clear, then the spring was expected to come early; if it was snowy, then the summer would be rainy.