The Lower Park
What catches the eye when we are in the Italian garden is, most of all, the tulip tree alley that leads to the linden amphitheatre. The main axis is the canal surrounded by lush alders, hemlock trees, Taxodia, spruces, and thujas. One of the two ponds is Japanese in character – possibly a reminiscence of Penderecki’s journeys in the Far East.
As in sets for Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, we can see a stylised little red bridge and exotic plants around it: a Japanese maple, a Japanese stewartia, and a katsura. The others proved not resistant to Polish frost, and so nature won the battle with composition.