Kretinga Manor Museum, Winter Garden
Location: N55° 53` 24.0", E21° 14` 31.9"
Kretinga Manor, known from the 16th century, is in the northern part of Kretinga town. Count Joseph Tyszkiewicz bought the estate in 1875, renovated the palace and introduced the conservatory. The winter garden was established there. It was decorated with rare plants brought from all over the world. A waterfall fell down the rocks, the water and streams flowed into a small pond. Ornamental fish dived in the water, and a high fountain was in one of the ponds.
The Winter Garden has been an integral part of the interior, which was bound to the representative halls and counts’ apartments. Kretinga Manor Winter Garden was the largest among the conservatories hold in European private buildings of that time. Nowadays the winter garden takes the area of 693.16 sq. m. and there are 580 plants growing. Water lilies and flat sedges grow in the winter garden pool, and the brightly coloured Japanese carps swim among them. A falcate cirt (Cyrtomium falcatum), billbergia (Billbergia Nuta) Monstera (Monstera deliciosa) grow next to the cascade of water. Among the cacti, like a hedgehog, grusonic Echinocactus bulges, the cactus called the "Queen of the Night," boasts of the world's most beautiful blossom. The understock cacti look gorgeous. The second floor of the Winter Garden is full of "tropical" heat, pleasant humidity. There you can see such tropical plants as Irezine herbsti, Beloperone guttata, fuchsia (Fuchsia), poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrina), Zantedeschia aetiopica and others. The pond turtles’ family and a multi-coloured parrot Barbara, which were given by small nature lovers, feel great in the winter garden.
The central building has the following expositions: Archaeology, which exhibits the culture of people living in western seaside Lithuanian region from ancient times to the 13th century, Exhibition of Estate’s History and Culture, which chronologically presented exhibits stating Kretinga manor owners, their more important work done in Kretinga and Lithuania (the most important footprints in the history of the land were left by the famous Lithuanian military leader and statesman, Vilnius Voivode Jan Karol Chodkiewicz), and the Numismatic Exposition, where 9 silver coin treasures are kept.