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Garden of the Year 2019 – The 50 most beautiful private gardens in the German-speaking region

The Gardens of the Year 2019 – Photo: Callwey

From gardens with ruins, to grass gardens with a pool, through to the small city oasis with a circular lawn – the gardens of the year voted at Schloss Dyck in Rhineland on 8 February show the wide spectrum of current garden design and give an insight into present trends.

The 50 most beautiful private gardens were distinguished for the fourth time already. The Callwey publishing company and the magazine “Garten+Landschaft” (Garden+Landscape) urged landscape architects, garden designers, as well as horticulturists and landscape designers last year to submit their most beautiful projects. There were no restrictions regarding the size, location or garden style.

A renowned jury selected the 50 most impressive grounds from among the abundance of applications. The project “The incomparable charm of the past” by Landschaftsarchitekt Volker Püschel (Mettmann) was selected as the winner. The focus of the garden is the rustical ruin of an old brick stone villa, which was originally supposed to be torn down. “When I saw the romantic south facade it became clear to me immediately that it offered potential for something very special,” recalls Püschel and he advised the developers to keep three of the outer walls in place. The result is an historical looking garden with an exceptional combination between evergreens, grasses and Mediterranean shrubs. Comfortable seating arrangements invite people to spend time in the orangery, whilst atmospherically integrated light sources create a cosy atmosphere in the evening. Püschel’s planning vision was realised by the landscape gardeners of Ringbeck GmbH. For the book “Die Gärten des Jahres 2019”, which has also recently been published, the winning garden was impressively portrayed by the photographer Sibylle Pietrek. The publication also depicts all of the other distinguished garden areas as well as 49 further competition participants.

 

Further distinctions

Five further projects were distinguished on the evening: “A grass garden on the lakeside” by PARC’S Gartengestaltung GmbH (Rapperswil-Jona), “Mosaic of Cultures” by FFLO – James Fox (Tunbridge Wells), “The Square of the Circle” by Brigitte Röde Planungsbüro Garten und Freiraum (Cologne), “In the Holstein Garden of Eden” by GrafGarten (Ascheberg) and “Metamorphic Transformation” by Gartenwerk sander-schumacher.gmbh.co.kg (Düsseldorf).

 

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