The founders of „Koknese Foundation” are 14 individuals and the municipal government of Koknese:
Ainars Bambals, historian
Andris Freibergs, scenographer
Sandra Kalniete, European Parliament deputy
Janis Kukainis, former Chairman of the Board of PBLA
The municipal government of Koknese, represented by Mayor Dainis Vingris and Vice Mayor Maris Reinbergs
Imants Lancmanis, Director of „Rundales Palace” museum
Valdis Lokenbahs, Chairman of the Board of SIA „Lattelecom Technology”
Ilmars Mezs, demographer
Valters Nollendorfs, Director of „Museum of the Occupation of Latvia (1940 – 1991)”
Baiba A. Rubesa, former President of SIA „Latvija Statoil”
Janis Stradins, academician
Rudite Viksne, historian
Marta Vitola, Member of the Board of the „Vitolu Foundation”
Vilis Vitols, Member of the Board of the „Vitolu Foundation”
Mara Zalite, poet and author


Māra Zālīte, a potess and writer

Vilis Vitols, Chairman of the Board

Things are not going easily at the moment, but with your help we will continue to build the Garden of Destiny – relentlessly and irreversibly. We are attempting to complete it as a gift to Latvia on her 100th birthday. If by chance we do not complete it on time, there is no cause for concern. Construction of St. Peter’s Church in Riga took a total of 282 years. It will not take us that long.

Sandra Kalniete, Member of the Board Finally, the past is once again ours and it is our source of strength. That is why the Garden of Destiny is being constructed – as a memorial to all Latvians who suffered at the hand of totalitarian regimes. It will be the Latvian Garden of Destiny, a place for Latvian souls to gather from all over the world, a place where the past will meet the future. Everyone can participate in the realization of the Garden of Destiny – and let his assistance or donation, his tree or shrub or rock be a tribute to the innocent victims of atrocities.