European Garden Award 2018/2019

On September 7th 2018, the prices of the European Garden Award 2018/2019 will be handed out in five categories at Schloss Nordkirchen.

1st and 2nd prizes in four categories (in alphabetical order):

Adare Manor Estate (Ireland)
Broughton Grange (United Kingdom)
Kasteeltuinen Arcen (Netherlands)

Bartok Park (Netherlands)
Pancras Square (United Kingdom)
Stavros Niarchos Park (Greece)

Krajiinski park Ljubljansko barje (Slovenia)
Lusatian Lakeland and Spreewald Biosphere Reserve (Germany)
Mihai Eminecu Trust (Romania)

Kew Gardens and Wakehurst Place (United Kingdom)
Ninfa Gardens (Italy)
Tirsbæk Manor (Denmark)

In the fifth category, the sole first prize goes to:

Parkstadt Süd in Cologne (Germany)

The event will be held in English.

The visit of the award ceremony (starting at 15:30) can be ideally combined with the symposium on “European Cultural Landscapes”, which begins at 10.30 am at the same place. Here, a.o., the finalists  in the category “Best Development of a Cultural Landscape of European Relevance” presented their projects.

The program of the award ceremony and the symposium is available as PDF here.

Participation in both events is free of charge.

A binding registration (for the award ceremony and / or symposium) is required by email to feedback@eghn.org


The European Garden Network EGHN with about 190 partners in 14 countries and the European Garden Award that is organised annually by EGHN and the Schloss Dyck Foundation since 2010, promote the identification with the history and values of gardens and landscapes. They also increase the enthusiasm to preserve this important cultural heritage and support European networking and exchange of experience.

Now, to integrate cultural landscapes, the European Garden Award will be complemented – thanks to the project “Awarding Heritage” – by the category “Best Development of a Cultural Landscape of European Heritage Relevance”.

This project is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) within the framework of “SHARING HERITAGE” and the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. Among other partners, the Landschaftsverband Rheinland LVR (Rhineland Regional Council) and the Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe LWL (Regional Association of Westphalia-Lippe) are actively involved in the implementation of the project.

Rewards will be given to exceptional efforts and achievements in protecting and conserving valuable cultural landscapes. Furthermore, an additional Special Award “Garden Heritage in Europe” will be devoted to an annually changing focus. Nominations will be made by an international jury, which will also consider external applications and proposals.

In 2018 and in 2019 there will be workshops in spring (4 June 2018, Branitz) and symposiums in September on the day of the awarding ceremony (7 September 2018, Nordkirchen). Here international speakers will talk about cultural landscapes and the art of the garden and gardening. While these events are more likely to appeal to an interdisciplinary audience, Awarding Heritage is also preparing an exhibition and a magazine, also for presentation or distribution during the “Day of the Gardens and Parks” and the “Open Monument Day”.

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