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Germans and Their Gardens

From mini gardens on balconies, small "Rent-a-Plots", gardening by the phases of the moon, to garden gnomes, Easter egg trees, and schools in forests, Germans love their gardens big or small.

Beer Gardens in Germany star
Biergaerten are a tradition with origins in 19th century Bavaria, a way to use areas covering underground beer storage cellars. Spending time in a chestnut tree shaded beer garden continues to be a favourite warm weather option throughout Germany today, throughout the Spring, Summer and Autumn months.

Eggs and Easter Trees star
“Eierbaum“, Egg trees. An unmissable part of German Easter celebrations. Trees which have been hung with colorful and decorated eggs for the Easter days.

Forest Schools, Germany“s Waldkindergarten star
Waldkindergarten, nature“s pre-school nursery for children, where fresh air, the natural world and exploration replace classroom walls.

Gardening by the Moon in Germany star
It could be that the phrase “Gardening by the Moon“ conjures up images of dancing through dew soaked vegetable patches by the light of the moon, in the expectation that the relevant goddesses or gods might respond with a bountiful harvest. Or, having run out of daylight hours, digging up the weeds by torchlight. But lunar gardening and bio-dynamics are sciences. Agricultural techniques involving energy from the moon and earth which are popular in Germany.

Germany's Window Boxes and Balcony Gardens star
It is "Makeover Time" for Germany's window boxes with each change of season. Throughout the year, including winter months, colorful plant filled containers are everywhere in Germany. From door stoops and window ledges in old narrow lanes to trailing down from apartment block balconies.

Germany“s Garden Gnomes star
Gartenzwerg, another of Germany“s many “inventions“, the gnomes who spend the summer months protecting German gardens. Kitsch, folklore, good luck symbols, characters from literature, and for a protector about as far from frightening as it is possible to be.

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