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For the sixth time, the "German Garden Book Prize" was awarded on March 9 at Schloss Dennenlohe in cooperation with the manufacturer of power tools Stihl. A top-class jury identified the best books in seven different categories, including the readers' award from MEIN for the second time.
At Schloss Dennenlohe the German and European Garden Book Prize 2012 was awarded on 9th March
The winning books (please click to enlarge)At the latest when the first crocuses sprout, hobby gardeners go outdoors - the new garden season begins. The winners of the German Garden Book Prize 2012 are providing inspiration for the design of the local green. A top-class jury selected this year's winners as part of the festive award ceremony on March 9 at the Baroque Dennenlohe Castle. The German Garden Book Prize is awarded by Schloss Dennenlohe in cooperation with the Wablinger company STIHL bereis for the sixth time.
There is no comparable award Germany-wide, which appreciates high-quality new publications in the garden literature. "Fortunately, the recognition of the award has increased from year to year, as well as their reputation.This is also reflected in the steadily growing number of books submitted, explains jury member Dr. Rüdiger Stihl The German Gardening Prize wants to focus more on garden literature The reference to outstanding new releases of garden literature arouses many people not only the desire for this kind of literature, but often also the love of their own garden, "adds Robert Freiherr von Süsskind, initiator of the German garden book Prize.
Readers Award 2012
The MEIN -research jury (from left): Elisabeth Hanselmann, Katharina Köhler-Braun, Gabi BeckTogether with the magazine "Mein" from the Burda Verlag, a readers' jury awards the Reader's Prize for the second time: 1st place "Garden Flowers in Harmony - Skilfully Combining Perennials" by Frank Michael
2nd place "Naturnahe Rosen" by Reinhard Witt
3rd place "Garden treasures - kitchen gardens for self-catering" by Renate Hudak and Harald Harazim
The following garden books were awarded by the expert jury:
The jury members
The jury (from left to right): Andrea Kögel, Jochen Martz, Henning Breimann, dr. Rüdiger Stihl, Katja Hessel, Robert Freiherr von Süsskind, Jens HaenschelThe nine-member jury, chaired by Robert Freiherr von Süsskind, included Christian Antz (Chairman of Gartennetz Deutschland eV), Henning Breimann (freelance landscape planner), Jens Haentzschel (gardening book expert for the "MDR Garten" advisory program), Katja Hessel (Bavarian State Secretary for Economic Affairs), Andrea Kögel (Burda editorial director), Jochen Martz (Chairman of the German Gesellschaft für Gartenkunst und Landschaftskultur Bayern Nord), Dr. med. Rüdiger Stihl (member of the advisory board of STIHL Holding GmbH & Co. KG) and Christian von Zittwitz (managing director of the magazine BuchMarkt).
"This year, too, the decision was not easy for us," emphasizes Robert Freiherr von Süsskind after the awards were announced. "Because there were again over 110 very strong titles in the race, but this also shows us that there are many top-class publications in the garden segment, which receive the appropriate appreciation and appreciation through the German and European Garden Book Prize."
In the following picture gallery you can look at the first placed books of all categories and read the written justification of the jury.
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Category: Best Ratings1. Square Elke von Radziewsky: The self-sufficient garden, BLV Verlag, Munich. Jury statement: Self-catering gardens are currently in vogue, although the topic is by no means new. The author, director of the garden department of the journal Architektur und Wohnen, manages to portray this topic, which is not easy to convey in a book, in a particularly vivid and inspiring way. The author draws on her own many years of experience, as she looks after a 7,000 m² garden, which she manages to a large extent as a self-catering garden with her husband. Experienced in garden reports photographer Jürgen Holzleuchter made the very successful photos.
Category: Best Book on Garden History1. Square Swantje Duthweiler: New plants for new gardens, Wernersche Verlagsgesellschaft, Worms am Rhein. Jury statement: For the first time, the book deals comprehensively with the creative use of perennials and flower bulbs in German gardens in the first half of the 20th century.There are some - even for the initiate - surprising insights, which illustrates the high creative level of plantings in public and private investments of that time. Thus, the author succeeds convincingly to prove that in Germany at that time completely different, but equally artistic plant principles and color combinations were used as in England.v
Category: Best Garden Guide Place 1: Konstanze Neubauer: Garden Treasures in Bavaria, Callwey Verlag, Munich. Statement by the jury: The large-format, richly illustrated book gives for the first time an overview of significant gardens in Bavaria as potential travel destinations. The gardens are organized by region and described in detail. Large-format photos illustrate the individual, detailed garden portraits. In addition to overview maps of the regions that make it easier to find, the book provides basic information on opening times and other interesting details. Overall, the book is a recommended tool to prepare for planning your trip to interesting gardens and parks in Bavaria.
Special PrizeChrista Müller (Editor): Urban Gardening - About the Return of the Gardens to the City, oekom Verlag, Munich. Statement by the jury: Christa Müller, publisher of "Urban Gardening - About the Return of the Gardens into the City" from the oekom publishing house, has published an anthology with a large number of very interesting text contributions on the trend topic "Urban Gardening". In recent years, some new, sometimes very unusual forms of gardening in the city have emerged, such as the "guerrilla gardening". Productive gardens, also in the form of community gardens, are experiencing a new lease of life in the city. The different authors illuminate these new approaches from very different perspectives.
Readers Award 2012 - 1st Place "Garden Flowers in Harmony - Combine Perennials skillfully", Publisher Eugen Ulmer, Stuttgart. The book offers a wealth of tips and suggestions for one of the main problems of hobby gardener, namely the bed design with perennials. It provides a very good guide and not only considers flower colors, but also leaf forms and especially growth types. It is rounded off by a successful portrait section with many concrete variety recommendations. Conclusion: the title holds what it promises.
Readers Award 2012 - 2nd Place "Naturnahe Rosen" by Reinhard Witt, NaturGarten Verlag, Ottenhofen. The book appeals to real rose fans and really shows the world of roses in detail. The graphic representation of the flowering intervals and the depiction of the rose hips of the various varieties of roses goes far beyond what a normal rose guide offers. It really is the slightly different rose book!
Readership Award 2012 - Space 3Gart Treasures - Kitchen gardens for self-catering "by Renate Hudak and Harald Harazim from Gräfe und Unzer Verlag GmbH, MunichA successful beginner book for budding self-supporters The readers jury especially liked the classification according to the seasons and the portrait part, where you can quickly use a symbol code The most important information from sowing to harvesting makes this book a very useful reference book.
European Garden Book PrizePierre David, Antoine Jacobsohn and Gilles Mermt: The King's Kitchen Garden, DuMont Verlag, Cologne. Jury Statement: The volume by Pierre David, Antoine Jacobsohn and Gilles Mermt already stands out due to its size and layout Garden books. Even the numerous large-format photographs, which partly show plates with different types of fruit and vegetables, some fascinating close-ups of individual fruits, are already noticeable when they are first browsed through. The fact that in the elaborately bound in half linen book with the famous King Louis XIV created Potager du Roi in Versailles the probably most important kitchen garden in Europe or the cultivated vegetables and fruits are discussed, makes it completely a real be special garden book.