WINNERS OF THE EUROPEAN GARDEN AWARD 2019/2020
(in alphabetical order)
Category 1: Best restoration or development of a historic park or garden
CHATSWORTH GARDEN (UK)
The garden is the result of almost 500 years of cultivation, which has preserved many things and always created something new. Important conservation measures were completed in 2018 with the planting along the trout stream, the renewal of hedges and the renovation of the rock garden.
JARDIN D’ÉTRETAT (FRANCE)
Thanks to its fabulous coastal location, the garden has been a place of art and inspiration since 1903. Since its extension in 2015, the garden has been a space for art exhibitions and a laboratory for the innovative use of plants, now with seven thematic areas.
VRTBA (CZECH REPUBLIC)
The rather small and hidden Baroque garden, laid out on three levels, has a high cultural value thanks to its boldly curved staircases, symmetrically planted terraces connected by balustrades, ornamental ponds and a viewing pavilion.
Category 2: Innovative concept or design of a contemporary park or garden
FORT SAINT JEAN (FRANCE)
The new buildings of a financial school take up the fortress structures and create an urban place. Shrubs and perennials planted in lines divide up the roof garden. The varied planting of the “Wall-Walk” picks up on the hard forms or creates contrasts as wild nature.
GELLERUP BYPARK (DENMARK)
The park is part of the social urban renewal of Gellerup. The redesign responds to the fears and wishes of the residents. It is more inclusive, more open and more diverse in its offerings. With 2,000 new trees and green networking, biodiversity and climate adaptation also benefit.
JARDÍ BOTÀNIC (SPAIN)
Barcelona’s Botanical Garden, opened in 1999, is characterised by strict sustainability, simple acclimatisation and efficient irrigation and drainage. Using modern landscape architecture, it shows the flora of the Mediterranean region and comparable climate zones.
Category 3: Special Award of the Schloss Dyck Foundation
DOMAINE DE CHAUMONT (FRANCE)
Since 1992, the International Garden Festival has been a laboratory of contemporary garden and landscape design. Festival, palace, park and numerous events combine history, culture and cultural heritage in an extremely comprehensive and attractive way.
Category 4: Large-scale green concepts
No award this year.
Category 5: Best development of a cultural landscape of European cultural heritage (AWARDING HERITAGE)
ARNSIDE AND SILVERDALE AONB (UK)
This hilly coastal landscape with its limestone quarrying is considered a pioneer in extending protection from the natural to the cultural landscape. The country houses of the aristocracy and the villas of the industrialists, which contribute to the charm of the region, are also integrated into the overall concept.
ILHA DO PICO (PORTUGAL)
Viticulture on the Azores island is only possible with stone walls, which protect the vines from wind and salt fog as small parcels. But this makes the production very expensive. A programme supports the resumption of traditional viticulture and thus nature and wine tourism.
MØNSTED KALKGRUBER (DENMARK)
Limestone was mined in Mønsted until 1981. The last largest limestone mine in the world has left behind a cultural landscape that invites visitors today: underground 60 km of passages and lakes, above ground a landscape in which nature and traces of use overlap attractively.
Category 6: Europe’s Heritage of Gardens and Gardening (AWARDING HERITAGE)
GARDENS OF THE WORLD (GERMANY)
In the gardens of the world, garden art from different eras and regions can be experienced impressively. Thousands of years of tradition meet contemporary landscape art from five continents. A short walk becomes an educational journey.
MERIAN GARDENS (SWITZERLAND)
The Merian Gardens offer a rhododendron valley, English Garden, dry meadows, kitchen gardens with rare vegetables and the largest iris collection in Europe. This diversity is used for innovative school and educational offers, social and charitable projects.
ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY (UK)
Visits to the RHS show gardens and garden shows are on top of the wish lists of all garden lovers. What also distinguishes the RHS, which was founded in 1804, are its globally recognised research, training and further education programmes, archives and collections.