The European Garden Heritage Network EGHN with its partners in 15 European countries (France, UK, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and Russia) started the European Garden Award in 2010.
According to the traditions of EGHN and based on its objectives and specific skills and experiences, the European Garden Award follows a broad approach.
There are two standard categories with awards handed out each year (with the exception of 2020) and additional categories added in some years.
The two standard categories are:
- DESIGN OR CONCEPT OF A CONTEMPORARY PARK OR GARDEN
- MANAGEMENT OR DEVELOPMENT OF A HISTORIC PARK OR GARDEN
Other categories include:
- SPECIAL AWARD OF THE SCHLOSS DYCK FOUNDATION
- PROTECTION OF DEVELOPMENT OF A CULTURAL LANDSCAPE
- LARGE SCALE GREEN NETWORKS AND DEVELOPMENT CONCEPTS
Nominations are made by members of the international jury (see below) and – for the first time in 2020/2021 – by an open call too. The evaluation considers aspects such as innovative implementation and management, urban development aspects, sustainability, good visitor or educational services or voluntary work as well as the high quality of restoration or modern design of a park or garden. The winners are sought after as inspirational and as models for other projects.
The selection of winners will not at all be limited to the sites, partners and countries within the EGHN network.
The winners are announced and all winners receive their awards in September during a festive event, often at Schloss Dyck (Germany), but also at other places such as Hamburg (2015) and Berlin (2017).
European Garden Award jury members:
Kerstin Abicht (Germany), Roswitha Arnold (Germany), Ed Bennis (UK), Gunnar Ericson (Sweden), Jacob Fischer (Denmark), Davorin Gazvoda (Slovenia), Brigitte Mang (Germany), Nuno Oliveira (Portugal), Jens Spanjer (Germany),, Lieneke van Campen (Netherlands), Michael Walker (UK), Udo Woltering (Germany).
Since 2012 the European Garden Award is supported by Nurseries Lorenz von Ehren in Hamburg.