In the area in front of the greenhouses, four stone fountains designed by the sculptor Jan Šimek were installed in 1997, which were then ceremoniously opened to the public. The four fountains, which are constructed from different types of rock (limestone, slate, sandstone and granite), are called ‘the springs of the Earth’. Originally, there was a fifth fountain made of wood in front of the tallest greenhouse; however, the sands of time took their toll and the wooden structure eventually had to be removed. The ground space in front of the greenhouses visually resembles the shape of the greenhouses themselves, as if their facade had been laid on the ground. Within the arched spaces there are benches surrounded by a hedge of European privet.
Since 1997, the area in front of the greenhouses has been decorated with four stone fountains known as ‘The springs of the Earth’. Photo: Libor Teplý, 2019.