Published on : Saturday, April 23, 2016
Alongside wonderful floral displays and gardening art there will be regional cuisine, children’s playgrounds, a wide range of activities for visitors of all ages and, of course, a sense of German gemütlichkeit.
Keen gardeners and beginners can look forward to three Regional Garden Shows in 2016. Each has a different design concept and all take place this year between April and the beginning of October.
1. Bayreuth – a garden show made in Bavaria
The motto of the Wilhelminenaue Garden Show in Bayreuth in the Bavarian region of Upper Franconia is ‘music for the eyes’. You have a choice of over 2,000 events or you can simply relax and enjoy the beautifully designed green spaces. If that isn’t enough nature for you, Fichtelgebirge Mountains Nature Park and Franconian Switzerland are just around the corner.
You may well have heard of Bayreuth before – the town is famous for its Wagner Festival, the festival hall and the palace in the Hermitage.
2. Eutin – at one with nature
In the far north of Germany near the Baltic Sea coast, the small historical town of Eutin will also be hosting a garden show. Around 2,000 events will be focusing on nature, the countryside, the environment, the arts, sports and games. What sets this show apart is that visitors can enjoy it not only on land but also from the sea. And how? On board an electric shuttle ferry. Eutin is surrounded by several lakes and forests that are part of Holstein Switzerland Nature Park. The lakes and rivers are especially popular with canoeists.
The Eutin Opera Festival is a favourite with the more culturally minded. It takes place every year on an open-air stage in Eutin Castle & Park, which will also be part of the grounds of the Regional Garden Show.
3. Öhringen – floral wonder and Roman history
Öhringen, situated in southern Germany near Heilbronn, boasts a pretty palace, charming court gardens and a busy events calendar – including Roman festivals and lavish Baroque celebrations. And Öhringen is also very close to nature, the Swabian-Franconian Forest to be precise. Germany truly is a green travel destination.
The garden show connects the historical court gardens with a modern country park near the river. This connection of history and the present day is visible in a splendid hedge sculpture that runs for 450 metres and symbolises the part of the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Germanic-Rhaetian Limes that is underground.
The next Federal Garden Show will take place in Berlin in 2017. It will also be an International Horticultural Exhibition, and they only take place every ten years.