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EGHN network and its partnership (parks, gardens, regions)


Topnews: Nine finalists nominated for the European Garden Award

During its meeting earlier this year the international jury selected nine finalists from nine European countries out of the 38 parks and gardens that have been nominated for the three categories of the European Garden Award:

• In the first category „Best Development of a Historic Park or Garden“ the Summer Garden in St. Petersburg (Russia), the Park of Monserrate (Portugal) and Gunnebo Castle and Garden (Sweden) were selected as finalists.

• Qualified for the final in the second category „Contemporary Park or Garden“ are Foss Mdina (Malta), Floor Works (Geneva, Switzerland) and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (London, UK).

• Winner of the „Special Award of the Schloss Dyck Foundation“ will either be Nomadisch Grün (Berlin, Germany) or the festival Arte Sella (Italy) or Realdania (Denmark).

The European Garden Award aims at appreciating the cultural, economic, ecological and social values and resources of parks and gardens and at raising the public awareness for their multiple benefits.



New partners: Schlossgarten Weikersheim,
Hardt/Botanical Garden in Wuppertal and Brückenpark Müngsten in Solingen (May 2013)

We are very pleased that the garden of Schloss Weikersheim is the first garden owned by Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg (State Heritage Agency) to join the EGHN as a partner. With its unique collection of statues, the orangery and its water features, the garden represents a baroque style garden at its best.

The Hardt / Botanical Garden in Wuppertal is a listed garden monument with different garden sections, created between 1807 and 2007.  The Hard, designed in 1807 as a romantic landscape garden, is one of the oldest parks initiated by local citizens. The Botanical Garden was founded in 1890 and transferred in 1910 to its actual location close to the tower Elisenturm (1838) and Villa Eller. Hard and Botanical Garden still enjoy a tremendous support by the citizens and friendship associations.

In 2006 the „Brückenpark Müngsten“ in Solingen was opened in the Wupper Valley. The site was always popular for family outings, but now it offers a unique combination of nature and art, where an idyllic setting and the art of engineering are merging under the famous iron bridge "Müngstener Brücke".



European Garden Award 2013 (May 2013)

Mid May the international jury of the European Garden Award on its meeting at Schloss Dyck selected the three finalists in each of the three categories of the award.

It was not an easy decision with many excellent sites and organisations nominated.  The awarding ceremony is scheduled for 6th September 2013 at Schloss Dyck.

Additional information is to be found soon on this website and on the web pages of the European Garden Award.



Painshill Conference on garden buildings in October (May 2013)

Painshill Gardens is preparing a two-day conference to explore the ways in which garden buildings have been interpreted from their time of creation to the modern day, and how they relate to the landscapes in which they are placed.

14 speakers will also give consideration to how such assessments can be used in the restoration and conservation of buildings in historic landscapes.

Additonal information on "Gardens of Association: the Roles and Meanings of Garden Buildings in Eighteenth Century Landscapes" can be found in this leaflet as download here.



Workshop „Environment" with study visits in Malta (May 2013)

For the first workshop focussing on "Environment" representatives of the 16 partners within this INTERREG-IVC project met in Paola (Malta) on the 17. and 18. April.  A summary, the presentations given and much more can be find on two websites: and

On the pre-workshop evening, the partners enjoyed a guided tour by the local hosts exploring some public and private gardens that are typical for the long and vivid history of the island.

Climate change was a main topic during the workshop, in particular the effects it causes for the maintenance of public green. In Malta policy and administration as well as voluntary groups have supported major enhancements of public green and thus substantial investments have been made. This policy is continued as the importance of high quality green for quality of life and tourism is widely acknowledged.

During this year, the possible inclusion of parks and gardens from Malta into the EGHN will be further explored.


"Europe's Finest" - Garden trips for groups and individuals (May 2013)

From June onwards, the garden tourism proposals, focussing on group travel right now (catalogue for download here), will be completed by some packages to be booked by individuals and by some other recommendations too.  On in German first, these proposals can be found in English on in the near future.

For September 2013, tour operators are invited to join a two day trip to some selected EGHN gardens in North Rhine-Westphalia. More than 40 companies and organisations have already registered and will send experts to explore the new tourism offer. The programme can be downloaded here.


A new EGHN garden route under preparation in Brittany (May 2013)

In Brittany for almost two years now, representatives of the region, of the "departements", of regional tourism agencies and some of the owner of gardens working together in the network „Association des Parcs et Jardins de Bretagne“ join for workshops on a regular base.

One of the objectives of the partnership within EGHN is the creation of a regional gardens route with 5 gardens and 10 elements representing the regional culture, landscapes etc. and with 6 gardens adding to the European Themes of EGHN. First drafts for such a route and presentation have now been agreed. The next meeting in September will be joined by an EGHN representative to be informed about the gardens and to discuss next steps.

First results will become visible on the EGHN website during 2014.


New presentations on EGHN website (April 2013)

Bardini Garden in Florence (Italy)
The Bardini Garden is a unique place where to admire Florence, the urban landscape, the monuments and the surroundings hills. The visit of Bardini garden is a tour through art and nature, crossing seven century of Florentine history till the present. In April representatives of the owners, of the management, of the city and of EGHN joined here for a press conference to announce the new partnership and to fix the EGHN plaque. This also intensified the debate about partnerships by other gardens in Tuscany.

Luisenpark in Mannheim (Germany)
The park (in the photo above) was created in 1892 by the brothers Siesmayer, famous landscape architects of that period. It was further developed to host the Federal Gardens Show in 1975. Visitors can enjoy a lemon garden, herbaceous borders, an iris garden, a Chinese garden, glass houses, boat trips and much more.

Egeskov Castle Garden (Denmark)
Created since 1722, today's visitors to Egeskov find a large number of gardens, including various mazes, a scented garden, a fuchsia garden, a kitchen garden, a Renaissance garden, a rose and herbaceous garden, a white garden, a water garden and an English garden. A visit to the park is rounded off by a large number of collections and exhibitions in the numerous castle buildings.



Promotion for EGHN gardens at Villa Litta, Lombardy (April 2013)

The garden festival "Ninfeamus" at Villa Litta (in Lainate, close to Milan) was an excellent occasion to promote the European Garden Heritage Network. EGHN representatives and „art cities REISEN“ (for the tourism activities) used the two days to distribute material and to give four presentations in the historic dancing room.

Here the audience included tour operators who were invited to be informed about the new packages to EGHN parks and gardens. These presentations were given in Italian.


Garden tourism packages going public on ITB (April 2013)

The world's leading tourism fair, the ITB in Berlin in March, was the best place to present the EGHN tourism packages to the professional public. On an own stand, the 42-pages catalogue for group trips was presented. Here and on the new website 15 different tours combining parks, gardens and other places of interest are presented.

Two to five days each, these tours invite to visit sub-regions in North Rhine-Westphalia or to follow certain themes across the entire state. The project receives support by the European Union and the State Government. Unique offers such as „Table & Lunch“ enrich the range of products and open new opportunities to visit and to enjoy parks and gardens.

A catalogue in English and offers for individual travellers will be available soon. Promotion will be done on fairs and on road shows with support by EGHN partners. From 2014 onwards the project will be open to other EGHN partners as well, looking for additional visitors in their gardens and tourists in their regions. 

The first catalogue is available as download. For information and booking requests contact should be made with „art cities REISEN“. In the web everything can be found on and



Regional garden routes contributing to sustainable regional development (April 2013)

Based on the partnership between Rhine-County Neuss in Germany and the Mikolow County in Poland and the partnership between Schloss Dyck and the Silesian Botanical Garden within the Hybrid Parks project, the Rhine-County Neuss started the idea of and gave the initial financial support for a conference on "Parks and Gardens in the Context of Sustainable Regional Development".

The conference will be hosted in Mikolow on the 26. and 27. June 2013 and is receiving a lot of local, regional and national interest and support now.



Selection of additional EGHN gardens in Umbria (March 2013)

As a next step towards a EGHN garden route in Umbria, an EGHN representative visited some parks and gardens being proposed by Umbria region and by the regional garden network „Rete Regionale per la valorizzazione di Ville, Parchi e Giardini nel paesaggio rurale“ as possible partners for EGHN.

Together with Villa Fabri and its garden these parks and gardens will be presented on the network's website and can be considered as main elements in the region's (garden) tourism strategy.


Bardini Garden in Florence: New partner in Italy (February 2013)

In February 2013 EGHN was pleased to welcome Bardini Garden in Florence as a new partner garden in Italy. The history of the gardens dates back until the 13th century.

Since 2000 the forgotten park was restored and was opened to the public in 2005. Located on a hill, the park also features tremendous views across the river Arno to the historic centre of Florence.


Garten conference in Malmö in March 2013 (February 2013)

On 21. March 2013 garden professionals will meet in Malmö (Sweden) for the conference "Public parks and gardens – sustainable experiences". Since 2012 European Garden Heritage Network EGHN is proud to be one of the organisers of this annual event. Presentations will cover "New Green within the Cities", "Development of Historic Parks und Gardens" and "Garden Festivals". Speakers will come from France, Germany, Denmark, the UK and the USA and will present (among others) the High Line, Chelsea Flower Show and Herrenhäuser Gärten.  All presentations will be in English.

The study tour on 22. March (as well as the network meeting on 20. March) are worthwhile too. Additional information ("Invitation English") can be found on the website of Movium by using this link or as PDF-Download here.

EGHN-partners can profit from a reduced fee (280 Euro instead of 340 Euro), but are requested to contact us first:



New EGHN-Partners:
„Egeskov Castle", „Luisenpark“ and „Park der Gärten“

As the first garden from Denmark, Egeskov Castle & Gardens joined the EGHN. Eeskov is the winner of the “European Garden Award 2012” in the category “Best development of a historic park or garden”.

During the “Symposium Park Management” in September 2012 at Schloss Dyck, the professional audience used the opportunity to learn more about “Park der Gärten - Park of Gardens” in Bad Zwischenahn (Germany) and the “Luisenpark” in Mannheim (Germany) thanks to presentations and the debate. Now both parks are new partners in EGHN.

Those three parks differ very much in history, structure and ownership. This will enrich the exchange of experience within the partnership. The public and specialists will find more information about the history and attractions of the three parks on the EGHN website soon.


New on the website of EGHN:
Gardens in Duesseldorf, Wassenberg and Amsterdam

The presentation of the Nordpark in Düsseldorf with its garden design of the 1930s is now online on the EGHN website. Historic and contemporary photos show the unique development of this park, adding a further facet to the European Theme “Historic Gardens”.

Another “Historic Garden” now on the website is the garden at the Museum Geelvinck Hinlopen Huis located in the Amsterdam canal district. In combination with the house, this relatively small but typical garden, allows visitors to better understand the life and business activities of the rich merchants living in this unique district with strong building regulations. Their gardens have always been use for representative purposes and to show their wealth and cosmopolitanism.

“Green Urban Development”, the fifth European theme depicted by EGHN, welcomes the city of Wassenberg with its “Gartenpark – Garden Park” as a new partner. Here a comprehensive urban regeneration strategy allowed creating a new green axis by combining new and enhanced green urban areas.



Exchange with great benefits for partners and projects

After a successful first workshop in June 2012 in Lund (Sweden) having its focus on the enhancement of public parks and on the therapeutic use of gardens, representatives from 16 partner organisations in 10 countries, joined by this INTERREG IVC project, met for their second workshop in October in North Rhine-Westphalia. During the first day presentations were given at Schloss Dyck, followed by a study tour to the Ruhr on the second day.

Presentations by external experts and partners showed the important contributions of parks and gardens for local and regional development policies, including the Emscher Landscape Park, brownfield redevelopment, new housing and business quarters (such as the Phoenix Lake) and tourism. The presentation by Prof. Gruehn (Dortmund University of Technology) about the land value increasing effects by open spaces in European cities was well acclaimed as such figures are required to ensure the budget needed for new parks or for the maintenance of urban green.

The first open conference of Hybrid Parks was then organised and hosted by Umbria Region at the end of November in Assisi. High-level representatives from ministries, municipalities, companies and foundations as speakers, the audience and the partners discussed best practice examples and future strategies for a sustainable management and use of a rich cultural landscape. Some of these examples could then be visited during a study tour on the second day of the conference.


"Garden Tourism between the Rhine and the Weser" -
Offers will be on the market soon

Work on the garden tourism project in North Rhine-Westphalia (supported by Ziel2.NRW) is progressing well. The group “project 2508”, a full service provider for the culture and tourism sector, has been commissioned to support the product development and marketing and to act as the tour operator.

Jointly the partners within the project (Schloss Dyck Foundation, Rhineland Regional Council (LVR), Regional Association of Westphalia-Lippe (LWL) and their consultants worked out 15 packages for group trips, combining visits to parks and gardens with other scenic sites, cultural events, regional products etc.

Currently, catalogues and websites in German and English are under preparation, to support the promotion on travel trade shows and road shows, also in cooperation with EGHN partners, addressing tour operators, garden associations etc. and individuals alike. Structures, resources and experiences will then also be available for other EGHN partners.



Preview 2013: Events by or involving EGHN

21./22. March 2013. Malmö (Sweden): This year the acclaimed annual conference (in English) will have exiting speakers from France, Denmark, Germany, the UK and the United States presenting examples of “Unexpected and eventful green urban spaces” and “Development of historical parks”. Updated details here.

20./21. April 2013. Villa Litta (Italy): EGHN will be present during the event "Ninfeamus" with exhibitions and workshops covering themes such as cultural landscapes, green culture, local products, education, and sustainable tourism. Additional information here.

06. September 2013. Schloss Dyck (Germany): Awarding ceremony for the finalists and winners of the European Garden Award 2013. This is followed by the official start of the illumina, the themed light and sound production in the landscape park.

12./13. September 2013. Schloss Dyck (Germany): Pencil this date into your diary for the second "Symposium Park Management". According to the draft outline it will focus on a sustainable tourism involving parks, gardens, landscapes and culture. Presentations will show innovative and successful concepts and best practice experiences.


Review: Presentations on EGHN given in 2012

 The work of the European Garden Heritage Network - often in combination with Hybrid Parks, the EGHN garden tourism project or the Schloss Dyck Foundation with its park and gardens - has resulted in a number of invitations for presentations on workshops and conferences. This included, among others:

27. March 2012, Swedish Society for Public Parks and Gardens, Helsingborg (Sweden)
11. May 2012, Foundation Mecklenburger ParkLand, Gut Dallwitz (Germany)
30. August 2012, Annual Congress of Swedish City Gardeners, Linköping (Schweden)
30. August 2012, Int. Symposium by Nurseries Lorenz von Ehren, Schloss Dyck (Germany)
05. September 2012, Cheshire's Gardens of Distinction, Arley Hall (UK)
27. September 2012, Working Group Deutscher Schlösserverwaltungen, Schloss Ludwigsburg (Germany)
05. October 2012, Rhineland Regional Council (LVR), Bad Honnef (Germany)
11. November 2012, Deutsche Gartenbaugesellschaft 1822 e.V., Veitshöchheim (Germany) 


 Information about EGHN partnerships

There is a new information leaflet available for those working in parks and garden who are thinking about a partnership in the European Garden Heritage Network EGHN. The leaflet can be ordered by mail ( in an English or German version.

The leaflet informs about the objectives and activities of the network, about the benefits of a partnership and about the services that EGHN delivers to the partnership and to individual partners.


European Garden Award 2012 (31. August 2012)



On Friday, 31th August the European Garden Awards by EGHN and the Schloss Dyck Foundation with support by Lorenz von Ehren Nurseries were awarded for the third time.

Here are winners and finalists of the European Garden Award 2012 in three categories:

"Restoration, Enhancement or Development of a Historic Park or Garden"

- Winner: Egeskov Park and Gardens (Kværndrup, Denmark)
- Museum Garden Gaasbeek (Gaasbeek, Belgium)
- Les Jardins de la Château de la Chatonnière (Azay-le-Rideau, France)


"Innovative Contemporary Concept or Design of a Park or Garden"

- Winner: Berges du Rhône (Lyon, France)
- Ostpark am Gleisdreieck (Berlin, Germany)
- Madrid Rio (Madrid, Spain)

"Special Award of the Schloss Dyck Foundation"

- Winner: Porcinai Association and Archives (Florence /Fiesole, Italy)
- Mrs Gilly Drummond / The Association of Gardens Trusts (Fawley, United Kingdom)
- Horst Forytta / Garten von Marihn (Marihn, Germany)


For additional information, laudations, photos and links see this page.



Presentation by EGHN on the Floriade in Venlo (June 2012)

One week long, 28th May until 3rd June, EGHN and its partners Schloss Anholt, Schloss Benrath and Schloss Dyck have taken the opportunity to exclusively use the pavilion of North Rhine-Westphalia on the Floriade to showcase the four EGHN garden routes in North Rhine-Westphalia in the context of the Europe wide partnership network with its 12 garden routes and five European Themes.

The presentation included posters and a slide show with imaginative photos taken in most of the garden of the EGHN partnership. Each day 3.000 to 6.000 international visitors came to see the exhibition and to pick up more than 2.700 EGHN brochures and even a higher number of the recently produced flyer to promote the European Themes.

The Floriade is an international garden show taking place every ten years in the Netherlands. While many nations have their own pavilions, Germany is represented by the pavilion of North Rhine-Westphalia only. Our Dutch EGHN partner Steyl is represented with a show garden too. The Floriade is expected to attract more than 2.5 million visitors, almost half of them from Germany.


INTERREG IVC Project „Hybrid Parks“ has started (May 2012)

A first steering group meeting in Spoleto (Umbria, Italy) marked the official start of the implementation of this project with 16 partners in 10 countries.

Already in June the first workshop will be hosted by the Swedish partners in Lund. Inspired by site visits, the international group of experts will exchange their experiences with the careful redesign of a historic urban park, to better serve the demands of both the users and new urban structures and needs as well as about using gardens for social and therapy purposes (Alnarp University).

The next workshop is scheduled for October 2012 in North Rhine-Westphalia, focusing on the contribution of parks and gardens to sustainable urban and regional development. If you would like to participate in one of the forthcoming workshops or conferences of the project or to subscribe for the Hybrid Parks Newsletter, please send a mail to and visit for more information.


Lorenz von Ehren Nurseries supports the European Garden Award (May 2012)

After some productive meetings, Lorenz von Ehren Nurseries decided to sponsor the both the EGHN European Garden Award and the Illumina.

The Hamburg based company is keen to establish a long term partnership with EGHN. From 2013 onwards, Bernhard von Ehren - as a new member of the jury - will also actively support the nomination of parks and gardens and the selection of the finalists.


European Garden Award 2012: Jury meeting (May 2012)

On the 21st May seven members of the international jury for the European Garden Award met at Schloss Dyck. They had to agree on 3 finalists in each of the 3 categories from the 35 nominations made by themselves and by externals. Given the great variety and high quality of nominations, decision making was not easy at all.

The outcome is still a well kept secret, but we can tell that two finalists come from France and Germany each, while the others come from Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Spain and the UK. The awarding ceremony is set for the evening of the 31st August at Schloss Dyck in combination with the start of the Illumina. You will find additional information in one of the next newsletters and on the EGHN website soon.


New espalier orchard opened on the ground of Schloss Dyck (May 2012)

On the last day in May the new espalier orchard in the gardens of Schloss Dyck was officially opened. As the Regional Association for the Rhineland (Landschaftsverband Rheinland LVR) financed the garden, the head of the cultural department of the LVR, Mrs. Karabaic, and the chairman of its environmental committee, Mr. Wegener joined the event.

Already in April the garden was covered in white thanks to the blossoming fruit trees and white tulips. The 16 to 16 meter orchard , inspired by traditional rural kitchen gardens and centred by a Dycker fruit spiral, is structured and shaped by gabions (modern stone and steel walls) in each corner. Gabions offer excellent conditions for training the trees, espaliers, store the heat and thus contribute to a good ripening of the fruits. At Dyck, old and local varieties, such as Jakob Lebel, Dülmener Herbstrosenapfel or Weisser Winterglockenapfel have be planted.

A full list of all plants will be available as a download from mid of July (visit "news" on


Dutch version of the EGHN Rhineland route available (April 2012)

Thanks to substantial financial support given by the Rhein-Kreis Neuss, the EGHN parks and gardens in the Rhineland can now be visited on in a Dutch version.

This will attract more visitors from neighbouring Belgium and Netherland and help them to plan their visits and to fully enjoy the gardens.


“Projekt 2508” commissioned to support new tourism project (April 2012)

The three partners in the recently started garden and culture tourism project (EGHN GartenKulturReisen), which is supported by the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia within its Objective2 programme, commissioned “projekt 2508” to support the product development, marketing measures and the organisation/implemtation of the tourism packages.

Projekt 2508, located in Bonn, is a full-service provider for culture and tourism specialised on marketing and communication strategies and for tourism concepts focussing on culture and arts (Art Cities Services).


Symposium “Park Management” in September 2012 (April 2012)

There is a permanent increase of expectations and requests in regard to the social, economic and spatial benefits of parks and gardens. User demands as well as the targets and ambitions of those managing parks are increasingly multi-layered too. In spite of limited budgets new visitor groups shall be addressed, new offers shall be made, new planting schemes and designs be implemented or visitor satisfaction be improved as such.

A symposium at Schloss Dyck on the 6th and 7th September2012 will address these and other current issues of park management. Speakers cover a wide range best practice and will share their knowledge and experiences with the audience. The second day includes a study trip to the Floraide and other sites in the Netherlands.

There is a reduced fee for EGHN partners. The working language will be German. More information can be found here.


Ninfeaumus event at Villa Litta (April 2012)

With "Ninfeamus" the Association of the Friends of Villa Litta is promoting its first exibition that will cover the entire area of the villa and park.

Events include a "Laboratory for Children", a "Green Hospital" and a lot of information related to the garden, green, enviroment etc.  High quality botanical products can be tasted and bought.

All revenue will be destinated to garden restoration and maintenance.

The event will be on the weekend of 28th/29th April. Additional information can be found on

INTERREG VIC started (January 2012)

The European project HYBRID PARKS wants to ensure that parks can fully be used for sustainable local and regional development and for policies to mitigate climate change by enhancing their abilities to better serve economic, social and environmental purposes.

More than 20 workshops, study trips and conferences within the 10 countries covered by the partnership, will foster the professional exchange about best practice experiences and end up in a transferable model for the development of hybrid parks and gardens across Europe.

The partnership includes 16 European partners. The Lead Partner Schloss Dyck Foundation, Centre for Garden Art and Landscape Design, State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland Regional Council (LVR), Regional Association of Westphalia-Lippe (LWL) from Germany, Umbria Regional Authority and Emilia-Romagna Region (Italy), Region of South Aegean (Greece), Paola Local Council (Malta), the Swedish municipalities of Linkoping and Lund, Cheshire West and Chester Council in the UK, Garden Platform Lower Austria and Environmental Protection Association Citizen and Environment, Department Nature in the Garden (both from Austria), University of Turku (Finland), Silesian Botanical Garden (Poland) and the Association of Parks and Gardens in Brittany (France).

Official start was January 2012. The first meeting of all partners is scheduled for the 26th and 27th April in Spoleto, Umbria.

More than 380 project applications have been submitted within the INTERREG IVC programme. 82 have been approved, only five by German lead partners. HYBRID PARKS in one of those. The total budget is about 2.4 million Euros.

More information is available from


First partner garden in Lombardy on EGHN website (December 2011)

Since December 2011 the presentation of the new partner in Lombardy is online on the EGHN website. The gardens of Villa Borromeo Visconti Litta let visitors explore and enjoy the magic of water.

The nymphaeum, an architectural work of art of artificial caves with frescoes, mosaics and 53 different water features, including fountains, large and small spays and waterfalls create miraculous places. Monumental fountains and ancient trees in the different garden rooms offer cooler spots in the hot Italian summer.

The restoration and revival of this unique park is very much the merit of an active circle of friends.

EGHN as co-organiser of garden conference in Sweden (December 2011)

In March 2012 the fifth international garden conference in Sweden will be organised and hosted by Movium (Centre for the Urban Public Space at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences), the cities of Helsingborg and Malmö and the Swedish Society for Public Parks and Gardens. For the first time, EGHN will be a co-organiser when professionals will meet on the 29th and 30th March in Helsingborg (South Sweden) to discuss new projects and best practice on “Public parks and gardens – experiences with sustainability” and to participate in a regional study tour. Presentations include (among others) “Social events in the New York Botanical Garden”, “Park events as attractions in Nantes – European Green Capital 2013”, ”Olympic Park in London 2012 – creating a green space for the games and beyond” and “Chelsea Flower Show behind the scenes”. Speakers from Germany will inform about the International Garden Show IGS 2013 in Hamburg and about the challenges and activities dealing with big projects and climate change at Lorenz von Ehren nurseries.

The final programme will be available in January 2012. Please also check Movium’s website for updated information.


"Park Management Symposium” at Schloss Dyck in 2012 (December 2011)

Schloss Dyck Foundation in cooperation with EGHN will organise and host a two days symposium dealing with best practice and challenges in raising the quality and diversity of parks and gardens and thus the number of visitors, their happiness and spending in a sustainable way. After presentations and discussions on the first day, the second day will allow seeing some good practice on a study tours.


European Garden Award generates benefits (November 2011)

Villa Ottolenghi is an excellent case showing the great awareness of the media, professionals and the public for the European Garden Award and its winners and finalists. Here, some 1.900 visitors came to join extra guided tours on three Sundays in October and November. More than 1.000 people booked in for future guided tours. It was in particular a full page article in the newspaper “La Stampa” from Turin (download) covering the European Garden Award and Villa Ottolenghi that caused this huge interest. Italian professionals emphasized how important it was that the EGHN-Award raised the recognition and profile of contemporary parks and gardens in Italy. They also presented the garden of Villa Ottolenghi, ongoing work and future improvements on some conferences.

At Arley Hall & Gardens (winner of the special award by Schloss Dyck Foundation) the owners invited staff members, volunteers, supporters and others who – for many years - helped raising the quality of the gardens and the visitor satisfaction to a party.


Impressionist flower painting (November 2011)

Dutch garden designer and plant specialist Jaqueline van der Kloet adds additional charme to the Piet Oudolf garden with its herbaceous plants and grasses by introducing a carpet of spring flowering bulbs.

From March 2012 onwards the “Gräflicher Park” in Bad Driburg will have its impressionist painting created by more than 76.000 bulbs before the herbaceous perennials and the grasses take over for the rest of the season.


New tourism project sets off (October 2011)

In October 2011 the three project partners Schloss Dyck Foundation, Landschaftsverband Rheinland and Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe started a new project called “EGHN - GartenKulturReisen NRW”. Financial support for this thee years project is given by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and the European Union within the framework of the Ziel2-Programme (Objective2-programme).

The project aims at working out and at marketing a collection of tourism packages offering a splendid mix of high quality parks and gardens (with a priority on EGHN partners), landscapes, cultural attractions etc. The structure of the project, the broad range of the partnership and the support by many tourism organisations in NRW will allow creating unique offers for groups and individuals that will only be available for customers of “EGHN GartenKulturReisen NRW”. In cooperation with EGHN and its partners, the project’s marketing activities – in addition to publications, fairs, websites, booking platforms etc. – will include some road shows with presentations in Germany and Europe benefitting from attractive locations and competences of EGHN partners.


European Garden Award - Winners and Finalists (September 2011)

Winners and finalists have been announced and honoured on the evening of the 2nd September 2011 on the occasion of the opening of the illumina at Schloss Dyck. The winners are:

1. Category - Best development of a historic site:
- Villa Ottolenghi (Italy)
2. Category - Most innovative contemporary site:
- Jupiter Artland (Scotland)
3. Category - Special Award of the Schloss Dyck Foundation:
- Arley Hall and Gardens (England)

More information on the winners and finalists can be found here!


EGHN week on the Floriade 2012 in Venlo, Netherlands (September 2011)

Cheshire Gardens Trust From May, 28th until June, 3rd 2012 EGHN and its partners Schloss Anholt, Schloss Benrath and Schloss Dyckwill present the regional garden routes and the gardens of the network on the World Horticultural Expo "Floriade 2012" in Venlo. EGHN has been invited to use the pavilion of North Rhine-Westphalia for an exhibition and presentations. First details about the programme will be announced at the end of this year.


EGHN supports two study trips (September 2011)

Cheshire Gardens Trust Early September, EGHN gardens have been destinations of two study trips that were (co)organised by EGHN. The environmental department of the city of Lund in Sweden, had chosen Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord, Insel Hombroich and Schloss Dyck as “case studies” for their study trip of 17 staff members. Additionally, the contribution of open spaces to (inner) city developments was discussed on site in Düsseldorf and Duisburg.

32 members of Cheshire Garden Trust (CGT) on their 3 days outing visited the above gardens as well as the garden of Konrad Adenauer in Rhöndorf and the park of Schloss Augustusburg in Brühl. CGT brings together garden enthusiasts, architects, journalists and university members and is an organisation to be consulted within public planning processes. The group was very impressed by the great variety and high quality of parks and gardens in North Rhine-Westphalia – even based on the limited number they could visit. They also thanked all EGHN partners for the friendly reception and knowledgeable guidance.

There is no doubt that the awareness and appreciation for North Rhine-Westphalia as a destination for tourism searching for unique cultural experiences and gardens will have profits from both visits.


Maximilianpark in Hamm joins EGHN (September 2011)

Maximilianpark Hamm EGHN is very pleased to welcome Maximilianpark in Hamm (North Rhine-Westphalia) as a new EGHN partner, adding to the European Theme “Contemporary Parks and Gardens”.

Maximilianpark, created on a former coal mining area, offers a wide range of activities for the whole family as well as great variety of themed gardens, changing displays, herbaceous borders, shrubs and trees and areas of a more natural vegetation. Since 2010, the new herbaceous gardens, created by Dutch designer Piet Oudolf, add to the attractiveness of the park.


Lund City Park: 100th Anniversary (June 2011)

On Sunday, 19th June 2011, the City Park in Lund celebrated its 100th anniversary. The festivities on that day have been the start for concerts, exhibitions and other activities in the City Park during the summer. Also the first results of a long term enhancement policy, based on a masterplan designed by Ulf Nordfjell, can be visited and enjoyed now.

Finally the City Park Lund joins the EGHN partnership, inviting visitors from Europe to explore this important element of Swedish garden heritage and inviting professionals to discuss the futre role of city parks in green urban development policies. More information here.


New EGHN partners in Lombardy/Italy and
Amsterdam/Netherlands (June 2011)

During the last few years the historic park of Villa Litta (about 1750) has carefully been restored, including the nymphaeum with its mosaics (1585), the artificial grottos, the fountains and water games. Thus Villa Litta is adding stunning new features and experiences to the European Theme “Historic Gardens”. The friends of the Villa Litta are a driving force in this restoration process and in making the park accessible and enjoyable for the international public.

The reconstructed garden at the museum Geelvinck Hinlopen Huis in the centre of Amsterdam is a hidden gem in the Amsterdam Canal District. Located at the Keizersgracht this site is one of the best examples showing how the wealthy merchants in the first half of the 18th century lived here and styled their houses and gardens. As one of the few remaining gardens of this period, style and location this garden also adds to the European Theme “Historic Gardens”.

At both locations, cultural events in the gardens and in the buildings, including concerts and exhibitions, address and fascinate the audience.

European Garden Award (June 2011)

During the meeting on 6th June 2011, this year's jury for the EGHN European Garden Award (Roswitha Arnold, Mariachiara Pozzana, Ed Bennis, Hans-Dieter Collinet, Gunnar Ericson, Stephan Lenzen, Alan Thornley) selected the following finalists from the manifold, high quality and successful nominations made:

1. Category - Best development of a historic site:
- Orpheus at Boughton (England)
- Jardins du Château de la Bourdaisière (France)
- Villa Ottolenghi (Italy)

2. Category - Most innovative contemporary site:
- Father Collins Park (Ireland)
- Jupiter Artland (Scotland)
- Public parks and gardens in Enköping (Sweden)

3. Category - Special Award of the Schloss Dyck Foundation:
- Patrick Blanc (France)
- Arley Hall and Gardens (England)

Winners will be announced and all finalists be honoured on the evening of the 2nd September 2011 on the occasion of the opening of the illumina at Schloss Dyck.



Fifth European Theme added: „Green Urban Development“ (June 2011)

One focus of the new theme “Green Urban Development” will be on the innovation of inner city urban areas, in particular public parks. This type of urban green, with its long history and specific resources, can be used to enhance areas with social problems or structural deficits. The evolution of existing, but sometimes rundown green sites into vivid and multifunctional spaces according to local needs and resources and inspiring all senses requires inventive designs and comprehensive implementation strategies.

The first two, new partner gardens are the Gartenschaupark Rietberg and Lund City Park. But also the High Line Park in New York, the winner of the International EGHN Award in 2010, converting a former railway line into a new, linear park is another good example for the relevance of new theme. Two videos, one in English and one in German demonstrate this.


Friedestrom-Park inaugurated at the Kreismuseum in Zons (June 2011)

The International Museum Day was a good occasion to present the new Friedestrom-Park at the Kreismuseum Zons (County Museum) in the Rhine County Neuss to the public.

Designed by landscape architect Dr. Bernhard Korte, the park now, in particular by the newly planted herbaceous plants and shrubs, forms a strong relationship with the collection within the museum (Jugendstil). Additionally the design by Dr. Korte was inspired by the long history of the place and the remains to be found on the site.

Friedestrom-Park, as a new EGHN partner, will soon be presented on this website.


Gartenschaupark Rietberg and Lund City Park online (June 2011)

Since May/June 2011 two additional partner gardens are presented on this website:

- Gartenschaupark Rietberg in North Rhine-Westphalia, based on an innovative and sustainable use of the site that was created or enhanced during the State Garden Show in 2008


- Lund City Park, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, is currently subject to an enlargement, to a renewal of its structures and to an enhancement of its features to address a wider audience and to be ready for the next centuries, contributing to a green urban development.


Steyler Convent Gardens and Jochumhof add to the garden route Limburg (NL) (May 2011)

The Convent Gardens, located close to Venlo in the Netherlands, are most inviting in May and June when the Rhododendrons are in full bloom. But he whole year long, visitors will find peace and places for meditation in the different areas of the garden.

Curved paths guide the visitors though the hilly garden and to hidden vistas. The Botanical Garden Jochumhof opens for visitors in May. Here visitors will find a great variety of plants in the different compartments of the garden, enjoy many herbaceous plants and are invited to rest in the historic Jochumhof or on its terrace overlooking the river while enjoying a coffee and cake or a sandwich. 


Water features at Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe in Kassel (May 2011)

Since early May Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, EGHN anchor garden within Nordhessen, is attracting visitors by a fascinating event. Water is running down from 300 metres high Herkules by cascades, ponds, rocks, streams etc. to finally load a fountain of 30 metres height in front of the historic castle.

These water features can be seen between 1st May and 3rd October on Sundays and Wednesdays, starting at 14.30. 


Cultural education "Wild-Formal-Art" (May 2011)

Eva Bongartz (Schloss Dyck Foundation, Centre for Garden Art and Landscape) will give a presentation on the congress "Awareness raising for the protection of cultural heritage and environmental education - Best practice examples". She will talk about experiences made during the development and use of the EGHN educational concept "Wild-Formal-Art". This concept was worked out and tested by English, French and German partners during the EGHN INTERREG IIIB project between 2003 and 2007. Since then it is used within cultural educational programmes by Schloss Dyck Foundation and others.

The congress, on 9./10. June in Potsdam (Germany), is organised by Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz and ijgd Brandenburg e.V. More can be found in this leaflet to be downloaded here


Delegation from Denmark visiting NRW (May 2011)

A group of experts from Denmark (Realdania Foundation, landscape architects, managers of historic estates) has been on a three day study trip to North Rhine-Westphalia. There was an intense exchange of experiences with local experts about the restoration and economic use of parks and gardens as well as discussions about a future cooperation with the EGHN and its partners.

The group a.o. visited Museum Insel Hombroich, Schloss Anholt, Schloss Augustusburg, Zeche Zollverein and Schloss Dyck. Here the beds of wild garlic created a very specific welcome and spring impressions. 




Cheshire Garden Trust to visit the Rhineland -
Presentation at Arley Hall (April 2011)

End of March, Roswitha Arnold, EGHN Vice-Chairman and coordinator of the EGHN garden route in the Rhineland, accepted an invitation to Arley Hall & Gardens to present the gardens of the EGHN garden route in the Rhineland to the members of the Cheshire Garden Trust.

In her presentation she gave a good summary of the great variety of parks and gardens in the Rhineland and in North Rhine-Westphalia and inspired the 60 participants of the Annual General Meeting to visit the region in September 2011. This and similar excursions are based on a series of presentations that was started by Ed Bennis, as Head of Landscape at Manchester Metropolitan University, some years ago. In these Spring Lectures experts resented the richness of historic and modern garden art in Europe.

The European Garden Heritage Network EGHN and the Landschaftsverband Rheinland LVR are looking forward to welcoming the visitors from England and to discovering the gardens in the Rhineland! 


Parks, Gardens and Sustainable Development (April 2011)

To discuss this theme and best practice examples, about 95 participants from parks, gardens, networks, the public sector and other experts met in Malmö (Sweden) on 6 - 7 April. Speakers from Canada, France, the UK, Germany, Denmark and Sweden presented new concepts as well as established and successful projects fostering public involvement in parks, gardens and urban environments and the resources that parks and gardens offer for garden tourism with organic overtones. In this context the new INTERREG project application by 16 European partners (led by EGHN) dealing with the sustainability of "Hybrid Parks" was much appreciated.

Informal meetings, inspired most of all by the case study report from the creative work done in Bitche in France, were used to consider the opportunities for joint projects in the future.


Schloss Dyck, anchor garden of the EGHN route in the Rhineland, presents EGHN in its orangery (April 2011)

In time with the start of spring and the bright light coming up, the orangery within the park at Schloss Dyck hosts a new attraction. Visitors are invited to sit down, to relax and to get to know more about EGHN by reading the brochures and posters presented here. Thus the variety of parks and gardens across Europe, joined within EGHN, can be explored here - as an ivitation to visit these parks and gardens on the next day out or holiday. 


EGHN European Garden Award 2011 (March 2011)

The international jury will meet on 7th June at Schloss Dyck to select the finalists and winners in the three categories “Best Development of a Historic Park or Garden“; “Most Innovative Modern Park or Garden “; and “Special Award of the Schloss Dyck Foundation“ based on the new nominations.

This year landscape architect Mariachiara Pozzana from Florence joins the jury. The awarding ceremony is scheduled for 2nd September on the occasion of the opening of the light show "illumina" at Schloss Dyck.

Proposals for nominations can be sent to the jury by using this address.


EGHN Presentation in Copenhagen (March 2011)

The Foundation Realdania in Denmark has invested much into the regeneration and enhancement of historic gardens over the last few years. The work and the results are documented in a book that will be presented to the public on 23rd March in Copenhagen. On this occasion, EGHN Chairman Alan Thornley will give a presentation to show – based on examples from the EGHN network - how restoration and economic benefits can go hand in hand.


Greenway – the house of Agatha Christie in Devon (March 2011)

The former home of Agatha Christie and ist garden were restored by The National Trust and are more inviting than ever for visitors. New photos of house and garden are available on this EGHN website now.


EGHN Flags (March 2011)

Flags showing the EGHN logo (in English or German) can now be ordered by all parks and gardens of the network. Please contact Schloss Dyck for details by mail at:




Presentation of new partner gardens in Ireland, Italy and Germany online now (February 2011)

The Park of Villa Fabri in Umbra, Italy and two parks in Dublin, Ireland St. Anne´s and Merrion Square are the first gardens to represent the forthcoming EGHN garden routes in Ireland and Umbria.

Umbria Region is actively promoting a regional garden network to bring together private and public owners of historic parks and gardens.  Villa Fabri with its park in Trevi is the centre and seat of this garden network. The park is offering spectacular views into the countryside and will be further enhanced in 2011-2013.

Merrion Square Park located in the heart of historic Dublin is one of the best examples for an historic housing square with a central park. Today the park is attracting people living in Dublin and visitors alike. St. Anne´s Park is one of the few remaining demesnes and was the former house and park of the Guinness family.

German landscaping company Trautmann in Essen, Ruhr opens its show gardens and Arboretum for interested visitors. Mr Trautmann is ready to give guided tours upon prior arrangement.


INTERREG IVC partner meeting at Ness Botanical Gardens, Cheshire West (February 2011)

On this final meeting before submission of the application, partners will agree on the content and structure of the project that will focus on the contribution of parks to a sustainable urban and regional development. This will include challenges related to climate change and changing user needs.

The partnership includes from Germany as Lead Partner the Schloss Dyck Foundation, Centre for Garden Art and Landscape Design, the Landschaftsverband Rheinland – LVR, the Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe – LWL and the State Government of Nordrhein-Westfalen (Staatskanzlei), from France the Conseil Général des Côtes d'Armor, from Italy the Umbria Region and Emilia Romagna Region, the region Rhodes from Greece, the Paola Local Council from Malta, the cities Linköping and Lund from Sweden, Staffordshire County Council and Cheshire West and Chester Council as UK partners, the Gartenplattform Lower Austria from Austria, University Turku and MTT Agrifood Research from Finland and the Silesian Botanical Garden representing the region Mikolow and others.

Deadline for submission is April, 1st. An official decision is expected by the end of 2011.


Bachelor work dealing with „EGHN" (February 2011)

Maria Sostek, student at  IMC FH Krems, Tourism & Leisure Management, Austria is dealing with EGHN as a best practice example to promote "Sustainable Tourism". Her Bachelor Work, covering some of the gardens of the EGHN, can be downloaded here.

Schloss Dyck Foundation welcomes Minister Peter Ramsauer
at "Grüne Woche" (January 2011)

Jens Spanjer, Chair of Schloss Dyck Foundation and member of the board of „Gartennetz Deutschlands e.V.“, welcomed Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Development Peter Ramsauer (CSU) during the major consumer fair "Grüne Woche" (Green Week) in Berlin. Peter Ramsauer, who visited Schloss Dyck only a year ago, was very impressed by the big number of garden initiatives across Germany and their contribution to local and regional economies and the quality of life.

Many visitors of the "Grüne Woche" used to opportunity to get more information about the great variety of parks and gardens worth visiting. Thanks to the „European Garden Heritage Network (EGHN)“ consumers were also invited to visit the parks and gardens of this European partnership in Belgium, in the Netherlands, in France, in Italy, in Sweden and in the UK. (Photo: BMVBS)


The Royal Gardens Het Loo (January 2011)

The reconstruction of the historic gardens Het Loo in the Netherlands was based on a rich stock of historic sources and on excavations that revealed many remains of former structures.

A detailed report (in German) is availbale as download now.


Jury agrees on funding for EGHN tourism project in North Rhine-Westphalia (November 2010)

In July 2010 the EGHN partners Schloss Dyck Foundation, Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe LWL and Landschaftsverband Rheinland LVR submitted an application for a project to develop and to market tourism packages combining gardens and culture in North Rhine-Westphalia. These tourism packages will make use of the brand EGHN, the EGHN garden routes and its quality standards and partnerships.

In November the jury selected this bid as one of the projects to be funded within the competition “Erlebnis.NRW” (Experience.NRW). EGHN hopes to get the final grant offer letter in March 2011 and to start the project’s 3 years implementation phase in April. The partners understand this 400.000 Euro pilot project and its tools and measures as a model ready to be used by EGHN partners.

Tenerife shows interest in EGHN models - workshop (November 2010)

Experts from the MOMA Museum of Modern Art New York, NML London, Fernando Menis Architects, RUHR.2010, EGHN and others contributed to a workshop in Tenerife organised by EL LABORATORIO (Association for Architecture, Urban Planning, Design and Advanced Tourism) in La Orotava. Under the title “Green Low Cost” these presentations highlighted best practice and innovative ideas for the diversification and sustainable development of tourism and economy on the island.

With support given by the Government of the Canaries, local authorities and many other sponsors, also an international group of students and their professors worked on proposals for the enhancement of public spaces, parks, gardens and landscapes in the Orotava Valley.

It is quite likely that some of the proposals made by both the experts and the student groups will be implemented within the near future. This might also include new partners for the EGHN network or an EGHN garden route in Tenerife.

More information (in Spanish): Blog and Website


23 years after the hurricane (November 2010)

In 1987 a hurricane cracked more than 95 percent of all trees around La Roche Jagu, the EGHN partner garden in Brittany, France. Even this disaster had some positive effects: for many years now, La Roche Jagu has developed as a major tourist destination in Côtes d’Armor.

After an EGHN working meeting, participants visited the new garden landscapes around the old fortress. After the hurricane the old terraces of the fortress became visible und accessible again. Views were opened on the river Trieux and the landscape. Landscape architect Bertrand Paulet created a great variety of gardens, including a kitchen garden, a flower garden and an herb garden. Palms, water features, steel and willow structures and much more add to the park’s attractiveness in every season.

See more:



European Garden Award: Winners (September 2010)

For the first time ever, the European Garden Award was handed out to the winners and finalists.

The winners in the four categories are:

• Trentham Gardens in Stoke-on-Trent (UK)
• MFO Park in Zurich (Switzerland)
• Stiftung Historische Gärten in Niedersachsen (Germany)
• High Line Park in New York (U.S.)

The award ceremony took place on 6 September 2010, hosted by EGHN and Schloss Dyck Foundation, Centre for Garden Art and Landscape Culture as the project lead of EGHN.

The European Garden Award does focus on more than just spectacular garden art or well-maintained herbaceous borders. According to the traditions of EGHN and based on its objectives and specific skills and experiences, the award follows a broader approach.

Consequently, different professions and skills have been represented within the jury too (R. Arnold, E. Bennis, H.-D. Collinet, G. Ericson, K. von Krosigk, S. Lenzen, A. Thornley).

Nominations have been based on innovative implementation and management, on urban development aspects, on sustainability, on good visitor services or voluntary work as well as on high quality of restoration or modern design of a park or garden. The finalists and winners are sought after as inspirational and as models for other projects. Read more about the winners and finalists of the European Garden Award here.


Working visit: Swedish garden network (August 2010)

Representatives of the new Swedish garden network „Swedish Society of Public Parks and Gardens“ and EGHN coordinator Ch. Gruessen met in Sweden in early August to talk about experiences made. In particular, the finance and organisation of a network, the development of regional garden routes and ideas for future cooperation with EGHN and its partner gardens were on the agenda.

Additionally, the group visited garden projects with a focus on participation and social inclusion that were successfully started quite recently in a suburb of Malmö and in Helsingborg’s city park.



International meeting of EGHN regions at Schloss Dyck (June 2010)

On 30th June 2010 the annual Advisory Board Meeting with international representatives from EGHN regions took place on a hot summer day at Schloss Dyck. On the agenda (a.o.): geographic and thematic enlargement of the EGHN routes and European Themes, the agreement on statutes and the future budget of the network based on own income generation, contributions and partnership fees.


Ness Botanic Gardens brings EGHN to EXPO 2010 Shanghai (June 2010)

Ness Botanic Gardens is represented with an impressive multi media presentation on the stand of Liverpool University on EXPO 2010 in Shanghai China.

Visitors can use the presentation, which is based on Microsoft Surface, to get to know more about the history of Ness Botanic Gardens by accessing documents, maps, images and videos.

Information includes some facts about EGHN, which is also represented with its logo (linked to the website) on the front page of the presentation.

More information is available on You Tube


2nd Tatton Park Biennial in full swing (June 2010)

Started in May and lasting until 26 September the Tatton Park Biennial shows an excellent range of contemporary art by international artists. Within the park and gardens a map helps to discover the sculptures and installations that add to the attractiveness of the site and open new views and thoughts. 

Some impressions can be found on this website, more and detailed information on a specific website.


EGHN inspires the new Swedish Garden Network (April 2010)

On 25th March Movium, the Centre for the Urban Public Space at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, organised a conference on gardens and tourism. The day before representatives from many Swedish gardens met for a workshop to discuss improved cooperation in the future and decided to establish a Swedish garden network named “The Swedish Society of Public Parks and Gardens”

During these two days, five partners from the EGHN gave presentations on the advantages of working together on a local and regional level, on developing parks and gardens as living heritage sites and as locations for educational activities and events. They also highlighted visitor expectations related to parks and gardens and the often difficult decision on how to restore a “lost” garden.

Presentations by a number of garden managers from Sweden showed the very high quality of parks and gardens as well as their strong inclusion into urban development plans and tourism strategies. Read more about the conference on the website of Movium.

There is no doubt that Europe has to get to know more about the Swedish garden resource and its protagonists. A trip to Sweden is a good start for it. Visit for more information and inspirations.


European Garden Award by EGHN (March 2010)

The first winners of the “European Garden Award” will be announced in May 2010 by the European Garden Heritage Network EGHN with its current partners in eight European countries (the UK, Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, Italy and Ireland).

Within two categories, this award will annually honour exceptional achievements in garden culture and in making use of parks and gardens in urban and regional development policies. The first category will look at historic parks and gardens that have been subject to exemplary restoration, enhancement or development measures or activities related to social inclusion, education, environment or visitor services. The second category will indentify high quality and innovative contemporary concepts and designs of parks and gardens already implemented or in progress of realisation.

Additionally, in an open category a Special Award of the Foundation Schloss Dyck, Centre for Garden Art and Landscape Design, can be awarded, e.g. to a group or initiative supporting the creation or restoration of a park or garden or to a successful garden arts event.

An international jury will discuss the proposed winners in April 2010, and the decision will then be presented to the public. The awards will be handed out to the winners during an event in September 2010 on the occasion of the ”illumina”, the reputable light show at Schloss Dyck.

The press release can be downloaded here.


Painshill Park and beyond (February 2010)

On Thursday 24 and Friday 25 June 2010 Painshill Park, Cobham, Surrey is hosting a conference: PAINSHILL PARK AND BEYOND: The Future of 18th Century Landscape Restoration

Painshill Park Trust marks its 30th anniversary in 2010. This is also a time when the issue of interpreting 18th Century landscape restoration / reconstruction is a hotly debated topic. Painshill Park is bringing together key players in the debate to a major conference, using Painshill’s award winning restoration as a model for past and present approaches, and discussing new ways of looking at landscapes in the future.

More information can be downloaded here.


IllumiNESS at Ness Botanic Grdens (December 2009)

Ness Botanic Gardens stages a very special flagship event from Saturday, 5th to Sunday, 13th December as part of Year of the Environment 2009. The 64-acre award-winning garden on the Wirral peninsula is lit with a series of specially designed illumination displays giving visitors the opportunity to ’see the garden in a different light’.

Intriguingly the displays utilise the principles of ‘green technology’ by using solar powered lights and bio-fuelled generators to power the displays in this unique pre-Christmas spectacle. In addition, some of the installations use audio visual displays to project images from over 100 years of the Ness Gardens archive including the use of a 3-metre-high water curtain and dancing fountain.

Kevin Reid, Director of Ness Botanical Gardens, got some of the inspirations for this event from two visits to the Illumina at Schloss Dyck in Germany, made possible by EGHN. Now gratulations to a very successful event were given by the EGHN- Chairman Alan Thornley and EGHH-Vice-Chairman Roswitha Arnold who visited to event.

Some first pictures can be found here.


First EGHN Partner Garden in Italy (November 2009)

On November, 5th Villa Fabri in Trevi (Umbria, Italy) was officially launched as the seat of the regional network "Villas, Parks and Gardens in Umbria". That same day, Villa Fabri with its garden overlooking the fabulous Umbrian landscape, was welcomed as the first formal partner of EGHN in Italy. At the end of a long day with technical meetings to prepare a new project of EGHN, the EGHN plaque was fixed by EGHN Vice-Chairman Roswitha Arnold and the Mayor of Trevi, Giuliano Nalli.

Umbria Region, the city of Trevi and the private and public owners of parks and gardens in Umbria are now ready to start a closer cooperation to enhance and to valorise the parks and gardens in Umbria. This will include joint promotional activities and events as well as the work on an EGHN garden route in Umbria. The EGHN partners welcomed their new Italian partners and are keen to intensify international cooperation.


New European project - Good progress made (September 2009)

The Foundation Schloss Dyck hosted another meeting of European organisations to agree on the major contents and budgets of a joint application for a project within the INTERREG IVC programme. The policy framework, challenges and objectives as well as key actions and responsibilities have been brought forward. It is hoped that the next meeting in Trevi (hosted by Umbria Region) in November will bring work on the application to an end.

In addition to the forthcoming application, the group identified many networking opportunities in the near future, including staff exchange (e.g. with the new International Centre for Gardening and Horticulture in West Cheshire), joint promotional activities, the implementation of EGHN routes in Northern and Southern Europe or an international conference on parks and gardens in urban development strategies, scheduled by some German partners for late 2010.

During the night the group visited the "illumina" at Schloss Dyck (shown on picture above). This lighting event with music, poetry, water works and video installations inspired Ness Gardens to have a similar event in December 2009. 


"Ness Botanische" won an RHS Gold Medal and 'Best in show' (July 2009)

Award winning garden designer and TV presenter Chris Beardshaw, Visit Chester & Cheshire and EGHN partner Ness Botanic Gardens are celebrating a unique double - winning a Gold Medal and The Best in Show Award for the second year running, at "The RHS Tatton Show" at Tatton Park.

The highly imaginative show garden entitled “Ness Botanische, Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction - Under The Microscope" has not only proved a major hit with the judges but also with the many visitors to Tatton, and for those who couldn’t make it to the show, they will have their chance to see the garden when it is relocated in Spring 2010 to a permanent home at the University of Liverpool’s, Ness Botanic Gardens.

The garden was sponsored by Visit Chester & Cheshire in association with the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and Ness Botanic Gardens. The garden celebrates Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction and reflects on the many links which have, and still are, being forged between German and British centres of horticultural excellence.

Chris’s imaginative circular design was inspired by decades of scientific and academic research which has been carried out at Ness Botanic Gardens. The design represents a microscopic view through a plant stem and the visitors to the Show were unusually able to walk on a journey through the various layers of the stem, represented by differing plant styles including Germanic-inspired prairie gardens


RHS Gold Medal for Tatton Park (July 2009)

Cheshire was also celebrating a Gold Medal for Tatton Park, EGHN anchor garden in Cheshire, who had a back-to-back garden designed by Tatton Park’s head gardener Sam Yould. “The Hermit’s Grotto – Inspiration for Imagination” was inspired by the true story of the famous Cheshire hermit John Harris, who, after being thwarted in his attempts to marry one of the Egerton family, went on to live in a cave until his death at the age of 99.

The garden was a feast for the ears as well as the eyes, as Cheshire Poet Laureate Terry Fox visited the garden to set poetry in motion to encourage children to use their imagination in writing poems and stories about Cheshire hermits.


Fairytale EGHN garden route in North Hesse (July 2009)

North Hesse in central Germany is the homeland of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Here the Brothers Grimm spent the longest period of their lives, a particularly fruitful and productive time to which all their major projects are closely linked. They also loved to walk through the gardens in Kassel or around Kassel in North Hesse.

These parks and gardens can now be explored by following the new EGHN garden route. Among these sites is the Bergpark Wilhelmshoehe with its famous water features, preparing to apply for UNESCO World Heritage status soon. The European Themes add some other highlights and hidden gems as well, ranging from a Spa Park combining heritage and contemporary design to a private garden.


Dublin's St. Anne's Park and Merrion Square join the EGHN (May 2009)

In May 2009 the Advisory Board of EGHN was pleased to accept the request by Dublin City Council for two of their gardens to become partners within the network in 2010. One is St. Anne's Parks, a former estate owned and much designed by the Guinness family at the northern outskirts of Dublin city. The other one is Merrion Square with the Archbishop Ryan Parks in the centre, a stunning Georgian Square, loved and enjoyed by Dublin's citizens, including Oscar Wilde, who lived at Merrion Square.

During their meeting at Dublin (see below) members of the EGHN had the great honour and pleasure to plant a European Tree together with the 339th Lord Mayor of Dublin, Eibhlin Byrn.


Workshop for an application "EGHN+" within INTERREG IVC (May 2009)

A transnationl group of "old" EGHN partners and interessted organisations met again to prepare a joint application for a project related to parks, gardens, urban development and climate change.

The two days meeting was hosted by Dublin City Council. Participants came from Ireland, the UK, France, Italy, Malta, Sweden and Germany. There is also interest from Rhodes and Estonia to become a partner in this new application.

For more details, please contact the project development consultancy.   


City Park Linköpig is the first EGHN partner garden in Sweden (March 2009)

On March, 22nd 2009 the city park in Linköping (Trädgårdsföreningen) celebrated its 150th anniversary. Officals, supporters and the citizens of Linköping joined a small conference and an event in the city park to remember these 150 years of history and to start the next phase of restructuring the park. 

EGHN officials have been pleased to be there and to welcome the city park as the first garden of the EGHN partnership and network in Sweden. The EGHN plaque was handed out and the official flag shown at the entrance area. Together with the Lord Mayor two trees were planted as a sign for a future growth in a local and European community.