The garden was arranged at the initiative of Constantin Ghika, immediately after the construction of the manor. Information about the landscape or gardener is nonexistent. What is clear is that the conception of the garden makes part of the romantic garden style which was so trendy in Western Europe. It is mostly kept in its original form.
Theatrical peace! And a warm feeling of belonging. Marked by the passing of time as an elegant lady, the garden covers an area of 10 hectares and is composed of many species of trees, part of them rare in Moldavia.
The specific elements of the romantic park (a l’anglaise) include: wavy paths, water tables, artificial grottoes, artificial ruins, small suspension bridges, forest and different type of vegetation etc. In the Manor’s garden we find a wavy path that marks the edge of the park, the forest vegetation resulting with shadows and mystery. Deciduous from spectacular old trees (chestnuts, birches, oaks, carepeni nuts), dominate the forest park but meet coniferous trees (pine trees, white cedar).
The differences of level can be found at the edge as a circular wave of land upon which the hornbeams were planted to sustain soil. A row of steps connects the promontory on which the manor stands and the lower area of the park.
Back in the noble times, the garden served as a favorite place to dine, for long walks and weather talks and as a place where the family could come together and retreat from the bustle of the century.
The real history of the garden starts with the beginning of the construction of the manor. This unique moment was marked through planting the trees from the manor’s courtyard – the three black pines which now rule over the stone entrance, a group of four oaks, cypresses and other major trees.
The legend says that at the shadow of the sessile oak from the park, Alexandrina Polizu and outlaw Goroi negotiated to avoid some conflicts between the noble family and the outlaws.
Outlaw Coroi was an enigmatic and legendary figure in times of war which troubled the peace and hospitality of Moldavian lands. In times of adversity when the yoke of domination pressed harder on the shoulders of the poor, this man appears and opposes a system without thinking that someone will utter his name when one feels wronged by the authorities. People always mention his name and say: “If Coroi were here now…”. In the heart of the forest, half the distance between Botosani and Harlau, lies today the Table of Thieves. A 5 meters long, 2 wide and 3 meters tall table, remained in history as the meeting place of outlaws from Flamanzi at the beginning of the nineteenth century.
In the translucent and elegant forest on the edge of the fountain, there take place events filled with emotions and beauty. Weddings charm is complemented by fairies playing barefoot in wet grass, and delight is complete when the scent from the linden trees indulges your senses.
Noble guests at the manor can participate at outdoor workouts, enjoy walks and runs in the park, could invite their friend to a sweet liquor tasting and can plan their most memorable moments with their loved ones.
The infinite options that the garden offers wholeheartedly only guide the soul far away the relentless bustle of cities. At Polizu Manor you will find interior peace and share it with other noble souls like you.
More than legends.
Nobility of nature.