We took many field trips while in Germany last month. Here is one that I would like to share with you. My words won’t do it justice, so I will post a few pictures.
Every couple of years, a particular city in our home Bundesland (kind of like a state) of Baden-Wuertemberg, gets to host what is called “Landesgartenschau.” This is a garden, flower and plant expo, that utilizes big parts of the city, including structures, city parks, surrounding forests, you get the picture. It is quite a production and the vast variety of plants and flowers is absolutely amazing:
This tower was at the top entrance of the expo. It was built specifically for this event and each of the nearly 200 steps was sponsored by a particular business or family. We were able to get a general grasp of the layout and decide from there what we wanted to see up close!
This was taken from the tower. It is to give you an idea of how creatively the flowers and flower beds were arranged!
Aren’t these stunning? I wish it wasn’t quite so hot in Georgia to allow for some summer gardening, but also to be able to grow some of these species here!
What was also really cool, is how the kids were engaged along the way. There was an enormous water play ground, with wooden floats, sprinklers, sand, gravel, you name it. We had a terrific lunch picnic while J was busy playing.
There was also a marble track that ran through the forest. This was brilliant! The walk down into the city was about 1.2 miles or so and to keep the kids moving, they had built a marble track that ran along most of the path. Both J and P were entertained and I never heard one of them complain about walking!
At the end of our walk, we arrived at the Limes. Did you know the Roman empire expanded all the way into Germany? The Limes is the approximate line of how far into Germany they penetrated. Periodically, you can find remnants:
Once in town, we went into an exposition hall. While the whole expo runs for several months, through October, the expo hall features weekly displays of cut flower arrangement. We were privileged to see a rose exposition.
This was my favorite display. Doesn’t it just look yummy?
Here is the website to the event if you are interested and want to find out more: