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Lilac park

Ceriņu parks

Concert in Lilacs

Pēteris Upītis memorial museum

We invite you to visit our Lilac Garden, which regarding to sunny and beautiful May weather has bloomed into a wonderful palette of lilac flowers. During the Lilac blooming season, the Memorial Museum of Pēteris Upītis and the Lilac Garden will be open to visitors every day, including on Saturdays and Sundays, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. You can find the prices of the Lilac Garden below. 

This year, the city of Dobele will celebrate the Lilac Festival from the 25th to the 27th of May, for more information on the program of the city of Dobele and county festival, find in 

Institute of Horticulture contact information 
Address: Graudu iela 1, Cerini, Krimunu pagasts, Dobeles novads, LV-3701, Latvia
+371 2 912 6471 (plant sales)
+371 2 919 6201 (fruit and processed product sales)
+371 2 640 8655 (Lilac garden and museum visits)
See the entrance ticket prices below.


MAY 19
10.00 am - The open air plenere of artist Aija Prince in the garden of the Institute of Horticulture.
2.00 pm -  Concert of popular opera arias.

MAY 20
10.00 am - The open air plenere of artist Aija Prince in the garden of the Institute of Horticulture.
2.00 pm - Spanish flamenco concert of a guitar group “Gipsy Mania”.

MAY 26
11.00 am - Concert of women choir "Vizma"
6.00 pm - 17th Traditional Classical music concert "Sounds Latvia in Lilacs". Entrance in the Lilac Garden from 4.00 pm only with concert tickets.

MAY 27
11.00 am - poetry readings in Lilac garden in accompany of piano music.
1.00 pm -  “Dobele Brass Band Orchestra” 90th Anniversary concert.

12.00 pm - A performance for children - Liepaja Puppet Theater show "Lāčradzis".

12.00 pm - An ancient dance concert of “Ballare” and “Magnolia”.

JUNE 9 – 10
10.00 am - An open air plenere of artist Ināra Kudrjavceva in the garden of the Institute of Horticulture.

Concert tickets available on-line


 Get introduced to an outstanding personality, one of the most prominent Latvian horticulturists and breeders - Pēteris Upītis.

 Get acquainted with the surroundings which could stimulate the great horticulturist, became an inspiring centre of art and culture.

 Find knowledge about the history of fruit growing in Latvia and the realities of recent past, as well as fruit growing today – a modern, competitive branch of agriculture.

Feel the charm of lilac time in Dobele which hosts the largest lilac collection in Latvia and one of the largest collections in the world.

 Visit the orchard when „under the blue skies of Dobele” apricots are covered in clouds of pink blossoms, when sweet cherries ripen under the summer sun, when the fruits of plums, pears, apples, grapes are maturing...

Pēteris Upītis (1896 – 1976)

Pēteris Upītis was born on May 19, in Jumurda, Cēsu district. His interest in horticulture developed early and became a love for lifetime. Till 1913 P.Upītis educated at the Priekuļi agriculture school, then continued his education as self-taught. The young Latvian horticulturist visited the biggest centres of fruit growing in Europe on his travels.

All his life P. Upītis led intense correspondence, exchange of information and seeds with horticulturists around the world. After graduating the school he planted a 1.6 pomologic orchard at his parents farm “Jaun – Rūsiņi”, established a laboratory for soil analyses and evaluation of fruit biochemical content. There was also a wine cellar.

The successful work was interrupted by World War II, when „... expelled were all, where – look - in the meadow tulips still grow.” /I.Ziedonis/

In the autumn of 1945 Pēteris Upītis began his work at the Latvian Agricultural Academy, where he collected data on local fruit varieties (landraces) and evaluated them. On his bicycle he traveled across most of Latvia, collecting and describing the most interesting seedlings. Yet a gardener needs a garden to feel complete. Such a place was found near Dobele, where until June 14, 1941 at the farm “Lauciņi” operated the Brothers Varna Nursery. On the base of this nursery in 1945 was founded an experimental farm. Since 1957 Pēteris Upītis started planting his own orchards in the heavy, fertile soil of Dobele. The Maestro worked with 24 plant species: apples, pears, plums, cherries, apricots, walnuts, hazels, quinces, raspberries, strawberries etc.

Especially successful was his work in lilac breeding. The lilac cultivars ‘Ede Upitis’ ('Māte Ede Upītis'), 'Liega', ‘ Gaizins’ ('Gaiziņkalns'), 'Esības Prieks' and many others attract visitors from all Latvia and abroad. Pēteris Upītis had a dream to make Latvia into „a lilac empire”. The breeder’s memory is carried on also by lily varieties 'Brūnupīte', 'Dzintarlāse'.

His aim was to select fruit varieties which would be adapted to the conditions of Latvia, winter-hardy, with high-quality fruits. From the large material obtained by the breeder, apple cultivars 'Ausma', 'Dobeliete', 'Ilga', 'Magone', 'Steiga', 'Velte', 'Ventspiliete', pear cultivars 'Jumurda', 'Paulina', sweet cherries 'Aija', 'Indra', 'Janis', apricot cultivars 'Daiga', 'Lasma', 'Velta', 'Dzintars', 'Ritausma', domestic plums 'Minjona', 'Zemgale', 'Ziedture', diploid plums 'Agra Dzeltena', 'Inese', raspberry cultivar 'Ivars' and strawberry variety 'Junija Smaids' have been selected.

The outstanding gardener was an artist in his heart, he was interested in photography, poetry, music. Dobele became a kind of cultural centre. The life of P.Upītis ended on April 4, 1976. For many springs his garden blossoms without its former master.

The official name of the place has changed several times, but it is still known in Latvia as „ Upitis garden” (“Upīša dārzs”). The best memorial to the life of Pēteris Upītis is the continuation of the work he started.