Address:780 Martin Luther King Blvd.
History & Design:
The Serbian Garden features a central plaza with a marble cube and circular concrete seating.
A pebble mosaic surrounds the cube. It is a reproduction of mosaics found at the Hilandar Monastery (Greece) and at the Patriarchate of Pec and Zica Monasteries (Serbia). The plaza also includes the garden’s message: “only unity saves the Serbs.”
A trail meanders south from the plaza, parallel to MLK, and ends at another plaza. This part of the garden is dedicated to inventor, engineer and genius Nikola Tesla (1856-1943).
The garden also holds a number of busts featuring notables such as King Peter I, founding father of Yugoslavia (1844-1921). Another is poet Petar II Petrovic-Njegos, an Orthodox Prince-Bishop and ruler of Montenegro (1813-1851).
In 2018, the Serbian Garden added a bust of Nadezda Petrovic, an early 20th century impressionist painter and humanitarian.
Originally, the republics of Serbia and Croatia were joined with Slovenia in the 1932 Yugoslav Garden. After the 1991 breakup of Yugoslavia, the Yugoslav Garden was re-dedicated to Slovenia. The bust of Njegos, which had been in the original garden, was consequently moved to the newly dedicated Serbian Garden.