Beyond the well-ordered gardens lay parkland that could never even be weeded, the so-called wild growth. The vast spaces of an ever-expanding empire could never be enclosed.
Nevertheless, Catherine, in building the great park at Tsarskoye Selo tried to do with nature what she often did with her courtiers: attempt both to subdue and to embrace.
Hear Dimitir Segeyerich Likhachev discussing the parks surrounding Tsarskoye Selo. (RealAudio)