The State Memorial and Natural Preserve "Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy "Yasnaya Polyana"
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Water Lilies on the Big Pond


We invite you to come and see the first blooming of the white water lilies (Nymphaea alba (L.), 1753)
on the Big Pond (the bank closest to the apple orchard near the Preshpekt avenue). The admission ticket to the estate costs 100 rubles.

The presence of this plant at Yasnaya Polyana more than 200 years ago is confirmed by Zweite pflanzen centurie (The Second Hundred Plants, 1808) and О Ботанике (On Botany, about 1809; published by the museum in 2012) by Maria Volkonskaya (Tolstaya), Leo Tolstoy‘s mother.

This species was rare in Tula Province even in the late 19th century. It was reintroduced at the Yasnaya Polyana estate in 2017.

The planting was sponsored by Andrei Chukin, a member of Russian Artists‘ Union.

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