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In the garden with: Maik Böhmer (Planorama-Landschaftsarchitektur)

Maik Böhmer – Photo: planorama.eu

In 2017, the German Landscape Architecture Prize was awarded for the 13th time. First place went to the Rheinboulevard Köln-Deutz, the draft for which was developed by Maik Böhmer’s office Planorama-Landschaftsarchitektur. The jury explained its decision as follows: “This presentation of the river basin in connection with a high quality of stay quickly turned the Rheinboulevard into a crowd-puller.” The project also impressed the jury at the polis award 2017 for urban development and was distinguished in the category “More liveable open spaces”. The prize is conferred in cooperation with the Bundesstiftung Baukultur (German Foundation Building Culture) and the Deutsche Städtetag (German Association of Cities and Towns).

In the garden with: Dieter Gaißmayer (German perennial gardener)

Dieter Gaißmayer – Photo: gaissmayer.de

Dieter Gaißmayer is a perennial gardener with heart and soul. He has been running a market garden for 38 years in the small city of Illertissen in Bavaria, which is well-known nationwide. In 2017, the company was awarded the German Horticultural Innovation Prize in the category “Plants”. The jury’s decision was based on the extensive overall assortment of perennials, which contributes towards the preservation of a multitude of selected species and varieties.

In the garden with: Klaus Peter Teipel (research & consulting)

Klaus Peter Teipel – Photo: klauspeterteipel.de

Klaus Peter Teipel is an expert for the market segments DIY and handymen, house and garden as well as for the entire living market sector. He has been supporting both national and international companies from the trade and industry for over 20 years regarding market analytical and strategic questions, but also with the development of concepts and strategies. In addition to his research and consulting activities, in his capacity as a proven industry specialist, he is a sought-after speaker at many congresses and events.

In the garden with: Lutz Kosack (“The edible city”)

Dr. Lutz Kosack – Photo: Stadtverwaltung Andernach

Urban agriculture, the cultivation of crop plants in the city, is currently a topic worldwide. An increasing number of urban gardeners want to grow their own vegetables and start-up companies are experimenting with determining how one can cultivate lettuce and cucumbers, etc. on roofs and on factory floors. A pioneering role in this movement is played by the small town of Andernach on the Rhine, Germany. In 2010 they started planting vegetable gardens and fruit trees in public green spaces in keeping with the motto “The edible city” (“Die essbare Stadt”). Co-initiator of the project was Dr. Lutz Kosack from the Urban Planning Office. He is also a lecturer at the University of Bonn at the Institute for Crop Plant Sciences and Resource Protection.