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The Living Garden. Germany Print

jane powers living garden, peter donegan

Pictured above, the back cover of Jane Powers book, The Living Garden which has of recent been republished auf Deutsch/ in German. As you can see it comes with a quote signed off by Peter Donegan. That would be me of course.

From the publishers Verlag Freies Geistesleben

Ob für den angehenden oder den erfahrenen Gärtner, ob für den Balkon oder einen großen Landsitz – Living Garden ist eine Bibel für alle, die den Wunsch verspüren könnten, mit dem Gärtnern anzufangen, und für die, die schon einen Garten haben, ein Handbuch, das voller Anregungen steckt, zu eigenen schöpferischen Ideen anregt und Probleme lösen hilft.
(Peter Donegan)

Taken from my review of Jane’s book, March 26th 2011, it translates as follows

Potential or expert, Balcony or Estate, The Living Garden – is – a bible for those who may wish to begin gardening and a problem solving, idea generating, creative mind stirring directory for those who have a garden.
(Peter Donegan)

Although the book review was done on this garden blog, my interview with Jane aired on The Sodshow, the garden radio show I present when I’m not creating gardens and hence the reference to www.sodshow.com

Osnabruck Botanical Gardens [botanischer garten], Germany

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In 1984 The Botanical Gardens of Osnabruck were born. To celebrate the gardens 25th anniversary I met with Curator Dr Nikolai Friesen [saturday 6th June] to find out a little more about this young yet amazing horticultural gem of north Germany

Opened in 1984 the 8.6 hectare site includes 5.6 of which were formerly a quarry. Similar to other botanical gardens, this one also includes the Osnabruck Horticultural College and also what is known as the ‘green school’ [grune schule] from where courses are held and run.

It is estimated that 70,000 visitors pass through the gates every year. Not bad for such young gardens but what is more amazing is whilst I was there on a Saturday, 4 weddings were to take place, an art exhibition and a butterfly exhibition! A great way to attract new visitors…

The truth is that some botanical gardens, to the non plant/ botanical purist, can be quiet boring… Not in this case! It does follow ‘the rules’. But it is young and that makes it a little different giving it almost an edge on some of the [so many] others I have been to.

The people were amazing, the grounds were superb from the very helpful Jan Eickmann employed by the town right down to Ingeberg who works in the coffee shop voluntarily [her husband is also a volunteer] and makes great coffee 😉 Thank you!

Would I return? In the morning. Would I recommend it? Absolutely. 5/5.

Osnabruck is an amazing town brimming with culture on my way through the alt-stadt [old town] I the honour to meet Eduard from Old Time Jazz. They were simply doing what they love the most… enjoy!

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