In the garden with: Ferdinand Graf von Luckner (photographer)

Ferdinand Graf von Luckner – Photo:
Ferdinand Graf von Luckner – Photo:

Ferdinand Graf von Luckner studied Photography and Film Design in Dortmund and graduated with a degree in Photo Design. He has been working for various European magazines and book publishers as a freelancer for many years. His focus lies on interior design and the garden. He was responsible for the photography of many books e.g. „Die Traumgärten Neuseelands entdecken (Discover the dream gardens of New Zealand)”, „Die geheimen Gärten von Wien (The secret gardens of Vienna)“ and „Der Garten von Hermann Hesse (The garden of Hermann Hesse)”.

Trial Garden Weihenstephan

The Weihenstephan Trial Garden near Munich, Germany, was founded by Richard Hansen in 1947. Since that time it has inspired gardening experts and plant enthusiasts from all over the world.

Each year between 7,000 and 10,000 visitors are expertly lead through the garden on more than 200 guided tours. Attracting around 100,000 visitors every year, the Weihenstephan Garden is an attractive tourist destination for visitors in the region but also from abroad. The Trial Garden practically supports the studies at the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences and promotes research and analysis of ornamental outdoor plants.

By means of his new book Prof. Bernd Hertle, director of the garden, shows the reader round the impressive Weihenstephan Trial Garden. The book is bilingual – German/English – and illustrated by the photography of Christa Brand. The planting of the Weihenstephan Trial Garden is based on ecological aspects and aesthetics. It is an invitation and motivation to learn about the varieties and application of shrubs, perennials and annuals or simply enjoy the beauty of the garden.


European Garden Books Awarded at Castle Dennenlohe

For the fourth time the “European Garden Book Award” was given out at Castle Dennenlohe in Germany.

Every year the best European books about gardens and gardening are chosen by an expert jury and presented to the public at the “European Garden Book Award” at Castle Dennenlohe. These are the winners:

The first place went to The Gardens of England: Treasures of the National Gardens Scheme by George Plumtre, published in England by Merrell Publishers and in Germany by the Callwey Verlag under the name Englands Gartenschätze. This book presents 50 of the most stunning gardens that are part of the National Garden Scheme. This initiative was founded in 1927 and has since then collected lots of donations for several good causes. The choice of gardens in this book is a mixture of well known sites and hidden gems.

The second place went to Planting: A New Perspective by Noel Kingsbury and Piet Oudolf, published in England by Timber Press and in Germany by Eugen Ulmer Verlag under the name Design trifft Natur

The third place went to the Russian book 100 растений для вашего сада by Tatjana Koisman and Sergey Karepanov. The title translates to “100 Plants for your Garden”.

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Green Islands in the City: 25 Ideas for Urban Gardens

Kamel Louafi is a German-Algerian landscape architect. He gained international fame by designing and implementing the garden areas for the world fair EXPO 2000 in Hannover, Germany. Other works of him are gardens in Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Saudi-Arabia as well as the redesign of the Königsplatz in Kassel and the Opernplatz in Hannover. Louafi published several books about landscape architecture and landscape art.

Louafis latest book is called “Green Islands in the City”: 25 landscape architects as well as an architect outline their ideal vision of an urban garden. The approaches show the motivation and engagement of the experts who are specialists in the fields of urbanization and planning of green spaces. The visions and ideas for the development of enjoyable green cities presented here are plentiful and diverse, but all driven by common goals. The text passages in “Green Islands in the City” are in German, English, French and Arab languages. The book can be ordered ov

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German and European Garden Book Awards at Castle Dennenlohe

For the eighth time the German Garden Book Awards were presented at Castle Dennenlohe in Franconia. One hundred candidates from twenty-nine publishing houses sent in their gardening books, eight of them became finalists in different categories. The ceremony was sponsored by Stihl. Beside this national competition several European publications were honored as well.

A special jury, headed by the host Robert Freiherr von Süsskind, awarded the best European books on gardening with the European Garden Book Prize. The winners were “Historische Parks und Gärten in Österreich” (Historical Gardens and Parks in Austria) by Christian Hlavac, Astrid Göttche and Eva Berger (ed.), published by Böhlau, “Les plus beaux jardins graminées” (The most beautiful Grass Gardens) published by Eugen Ulmer and “Le carnet jardinière” (The Gardening Notebook) published by Kosmos.

In cooperation with Philip Smith, the initiator of the renowned International Garden Photographer of the Year Award, the European Garden Photo Award had its premiere this year. The jury chose three pictures that will be exhibited around the world: Gary Rogers: “Spring in the Box Garden”, Josette Taylor: “Tulip Dance” and Sergey Karepanov: “Bella Vista”. The pictures can be seen here.

„The choice wasn’t easy this year,” Robert Freiherr von Süsskind stated after the ceremonies. “There were many excellent titles in the competition. But this shows that there are many outstanding publications in the garden sector, and that they are getting the right appreciation through these awards.”

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