Ten ornamental gardens on Saaremaa opened their gates on Sunday, July 6, for the Open Garden Days. The organizers of the event said the gardens in Saare county may well become tourist objects.
In the rose garden owned by Lea Eermann, in Oitmäe village, people can smell 160 different types of roses. Eermann is growing several historical varieties which often have interesting stories attached to them, ETV current news show "Aktuaalne kaamera" reported on Sunday.
"The stories behind the roses started to really captivate me. Quite often there is a legend or a beautiful lady is behind that variety. Or a battle or some other historical event and lots of roses are dedicated to explorers," she said.
"Of course, the roses require a lot of work but because I have selected the roses with a scent they always smell when I remove the weeds. I think it's work and happiness hand in hand," she added. Eermann noted the shrub roses and the ancient roses only bloom for three weeks.
Reet Viira, the head of Saare County's homeland, who organized Open Gardens Days, said that Saare County's ornamental gardens could become tourist objects.
"You can get to know the islander the most during this event. I say that one of the bases of Saaremaa tourism from now on will always be garden tourism," Viira said.
Editor: Roberta Vaino