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“Foerster Stauden” Perennial Garden Potsdam-Bornim, Photo: TMB/Hoffmann
“Foerster Stauden” Perennial Garden Potsdam-Bornim, Photo: TMB/Hoffmann
“Foerster Stauden” Perennial Garden Potsdam-Bornim, Photo: TMB/Hoffmann
“Foerster Stauden” Perennial Garden Potsdam-Bornim, Photo: TMB/Hoffmann
“Foerster Stauden” Perennial Garden Potsdam-Bornim, Photo: TMB/Hoffmann
“Foerster Stauden” Perennial Garden Potsdam-Bornim, Photo: TMB/Hoffmann
“Foerster Stauden” Perennial Garden Potsdam-Bornim, Photo: TMB/Hoffmann
“Foerster Stauden” Perennial Garden Potsdam-Bornim, Photo: TMB/Hoffmann
“Foerster Stauden” Perennial Garden Potsdam-Bornim, Photo: TMB/Hoffmann
“Foerster Stauden” Perennial Garden Potsdam-Bornim, Photo: TMB/Hoffmann
“Foerster Stauden” Perennial Garden Potsdam-Bornim, Photo: TMB/Hoffmann

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“Foerster Stauden” Perennial Garden Potsdam-Bornim

Karl Foerster (1874-1970), a famous gardener of perennials and botanical philosopher, lived and worked in Bornim, a northern district of Potsdam. In 1912 he started to cultivate perennials in his own garden for exhibition purposes and plant experiments. Karl Foerster wished to demonstrate the variety of perennials and groves while preserving the singularity of each plant. The initial site provided for six types of gardens: a sunken garden, a spring path, a nature garden, an autumn bed, a rockery, and an experiment garden. He combined and masterfully arranged the perennials with flower bulbs, grasses and grove, perfectly coordinating the plants’ heights, blossoming seasons and colours. 

The garden grounds had repeatedly been redesigned over the years. In the 1930’s, Hermann Mattern structured the terraces of the sunken garden by using a drywall construction. In 1960/61 Hermann Göritz reworked the garden, and in 1983 he again modified the layout of several garden areas in joint efforts with Peter Herling. In 1981 the garden gained landmark status as the "Karl-Foerster-Gedenkstätte". On the occasion of the Federal Horticultural Show in 2001 (BUGA), the site was reconstructed as garden memorial. Foerster cultivated numerous perennials and nearly 70 larkspurs. The adjacent nursery holds for sale the original “Foerster-Stauden” perennials.
Karl Foerster (1874-1970), a famous gardener of perennials and botanical philosopher, lived and worked in Bornim, a northern district of Potsdam. In 1912 he started to cultivate perennials in his own garden for exhibition purposes and plant experiments. Karl Foerster wished to demonstrate the variety of perennials and groves while preserving the singularity of each plant. The initial site provided for six types of gardens: a sunken garden, a spring path, a nature garden, an autumn bed, a rockery, and an experiment garden. He combined and masterfully arranged the perennials with flower bulbs, grasses and grove, perfectly coordinating the plants’ heights, blossoming seasons and colours. 

The garden grounds had repeatedly been redesigned over the years. In the 1930’s, Hermann Mattern structured the terraces of the sunken garden by using a drywall construction. In 1960/61 Hermann Göritz reworked the garden, and in 1983 he again modified the layout of several garden areas in joint efforts with Peter Herling. In 1981 the garden gained landmark status as the "Karl-Foerster-Gedenkstätte". On the occasion of the Federal Horticultural Show in 2001 (BUGA), the site was reconstructed as garden memorial. Foerster cultivated numerous perennials and nearly 70 larkspurs. The adjacent nursery holds for sale the original “Foerster-Stauden” perennials.
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