Georgia has become a member of the European Network of Historic Gardens. The decision was made at the Third Forum on Historic Gardens: Maintaining and Managing Historic Gardens for a New Era being held in the Portuguese city of Sintra. Georgia joined the network together with Germany.
The Georgian delegation headed by Nikoloz Antidze, Director General of the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation, is attending the forum for the first time.
By becoming a member, Georgia has automatically become engaged in the cultural route of the Council of Europe and will be presented with 5 gardens – Tbilisi Botanic Garden, Batumi Botanic Garden, Zugdidi Botanic Garden, Kutaisi Botanic Garden and Tsinandali Chavchavadze Historic Garden. The agency says that this will increase the number of visitors to historic gardens of Georgia.
Georgia will also host the Fourth Forum on Historic Gardens in September of 2020. The European Network of Historic Gardens previously had three members: Spain, Italy and Portugal.