Gulbenkian Garden

A gem of the modernist gardens, both in Portugal and the world

Open on days:

22/23 29/30

08:00 — 19:30

Avenida de Berna 45

This garden is open daily and can be visited independently of the festival's programme.

There you will find fine and tall specimens of the Populus nigra var. italica, which contrast with the horizontal water mirror provided by the lake.

This beautiful garden serves as a frame to the buildings of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, constructed in the 1960s.

It was designed by the landscape architects Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles and António Vianna Barreto, and it was developed around the buildings and the lake — in a mastery of the shapes and colours of the species present. There are areas with lawn and shade, winding paths on the large cement slabs, and the whole place flows and emphasizes one of the core ideas behind this garden: “a very strong dialogue between Man and Nature”.


Related activities

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11:00

Guided Visits

Gardens as the Landscape writ small

The Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian was built in the 1960s according to plans by the landscape architects António Viana Barreto and Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles. Its garden is one of the clearest examples in Portugal of the principles of modern garden design. These principles are a means of reproducing and thinking about the landscape, and have their roots in the broader question of the meaning of nature in Portuguese culture. A guided visit led by the expert landscape architect Aurora Carapinha, who will show us why this garden is considered ‘a work of exceptional scale, planning and technical competency that, for its importance and significance, stands as a reference for architecture nationally and internationally’. Such were the words used when the garden, as well as the Foundation’s principal building to which it is intrinsically linked, were designated as a national heritage site.

Conducted by: Aurora Carapinha
Meeting Point: Entrance of Edifício Sede

In compliance with guidelines from the health authorities, this activity will be limited to a maximum of 18 people. It will take place on a first come, first served basis, and masks are mandatory.

Tickets for this event will be available from 10 am on the 20th of May and can be collected from the ticket office in the main building of the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

22

15:00

Guided Visits

Gardens as the Landscape writ small

The Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian was built in the 1960s according to plans by the landscape architects António Viana Barreto and Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles. Its garden is one of the clearest examples in Portugal of the principles of modern garden design. These principles are a means of reproducing and thinking about the landscape, and have their roots in the broader question of the meaning of nature in Portuguese culture. A guided visit led by the expert landscape architect Aurora Carapinha, who will show us why this garden is considered ‘a work of exceptional scale, planning and technical competency that, for its importance and significance, stands as a reference for architecture nationally and internationally’. Such were the words used when the garden, as well as the Foundation’s principal building to which it is intrinsically linked, were designated as a national heritage site.

Conducted by: Aurora Carapinha
Meeting Point: Entrance of Edifício Sede

In compliance with guidelines from the health authorities, this activity will be limited to a maximum of 18 people. It will take place on a first come, first served basis, and masks are mandatory.

Tickets for this event will be available from 10 am on the 20th of May and can be collected from the ticket office in the main building of the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

23

11:00

Families

How to make Oak Gall Ink

Oaks are among the most common trees in Portugal! Their fruit are called acorns, but most of us will also have found another kind of ‘fruit’ on oaks that have already lost their leaves. These brown spheres are called oak galls and are a defence the tree uses when bitten by a particular insect. It’s possible to make ink from these oak galls: our predecessors have done it for over 2,500 years, including Leonardo da Vinci! A workshop where you will learn how to make oak gall ink, which you can then use to draw your favourite scene from the garden!

Meeting Point: Entrance of Edifício Sede

Conducted by: Dália Lourenço
For ages 6 to 12 years old.

In compliance with guidelines from the health authorities, this activity will be limited to a maximum of 18 children accompanied by an adult. It will take place on a first come, first served basis, and masks are mandatory for those aged 6 and above.

Tickets for this event will be available from 10 am on the 21st of May and can be collected from the ticket office in the main building of the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

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19:00

Virtual Virtual Workshops

A Pharmacy in the Garden

w/ Fernanda Botelho

Did you know that many of the active substances in medicines come from plants? And that medicinal plants can be found in almost all gardens, whether ornamental or growing spontaneously? In this episode, Fernanda Botelho will guide us through the Gulbenkian Gardens, where the undergrowth is home to plants that work as sedatives, anti-inflammatories, diuretics, anti-bacterials, tranquilisers, regulators...gardens can be veritable pharmacies!

Our virtual edition will have several collections of videos divided by theme. These will be available starting the weekends of the festival on our YouTube channel.

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