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Urban green in Berlin: International Horticultural Exposition 2017

IGA Berlin 2017: International garden showcase - Australia - Copyright: Lichtschwärmer
IGA Berlin 2017: International garden showcase – Australia
– Copyright: Lichtschwärmer

The German capital is inviting guests to the International Horticultural Exposition (IGA) from 13 April onwards under the motto “A SEA of colours”. IGA Berlin not only wants to make garden art more experienceable worldwide – the festival also intends to set new impulses for contemporary urban development.

 

The event is the largest garden festival in Germany and at the same time the first IGA in Berlin. More than two million visitors from Germany and abroad are awaited at the garden festival. A newly created park landscape will present a wide spectrum of green design to the international guests. The highlights include among other things new gardens that were designed by landscape architects from all five continents. As a self-contained garden showcase, the current trends of worldwide garden art will be demonstrated. Beyond this, atmospheric water gardens arise in the new park areas, an English landscape garden and a tropical hall with a Balinese Garden. Events to suit all tastes are planned in the newly built amphitheatre of the IGA.

IGA Berlin 2017: International garden showcase - China - Copyright: Lichtschwärmer
IGA Berlin 2017: International garden showcase – China
– Copyright: Lichtschwärmer

Beyond its significance as a garden festival, IGA Berlin 2017 also wants to offer ideas for green urban development. In the face of the influx to the capital, its suburbs are increasingly gaining significance. Living close to nature and yet being able to reach the city centre fast are qualities that are in demand, which IGA is implementing in an exemplary way in the Marzahn-Hellersdorf district. The centrepiece of the event are the “Gardens of the World” that already exist in the district, the area of which has been doubled for the festival. Furthermore, in front of the silhouette of one of the largest prefabricated building estates in Europe, the new “Kienberg Park” with a high leisure and recreation factor is developing. Manifold natural experiences are to alternate here with innovative projects revolving around a sustainable lifestyle culture and new leisure opportunities. A new cable car will soar over the grounds, whilst a natural bobsled run will invite guests to race down the valley from Kienberg. Furthermore, a cloud-like platform on the mountain peak will offer views of the Berlin cityscape and the surrounding Brandenburg area – green perspectives for the capital.

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