Welcome to the realm of perennials
The spotlight at the Berliner Staudenmarkt this spring is on the Daisy family with its many traditional cottage garden plants of all shapes and sizes, from Aster to Zinnia, from chamomile to sunflower. Also among them the gloriously colourful Gaillardia, featured in our main picture.
As daffodils, crocuses and early-flowering tulips are beginning to stir in the garden, the spring Staudenmarkt is the perfect place to kick off your gardening season. With some eighty specialist nurseries and growers you’re bound to find something to inspire the garden designer in you – whether it’s ferns and grasses, hostas, evergreens, lilacs or brooms. And if growing your own herbs and vegetables is your thing, you’ll be able to buy seedlings, organic herbs, seed potatoes and trained fruit trees to feed your passion.
Sowing the seeds
How about sowing some poppies and Matthiola, in keeping with the cottage garden theme? Or clover and other nitrogen-fixing plants to give the soil a boost? Stalls at the Staudenmarkt will offer an excellent selection of seeds for annuals and biannuals, accompanied by expert advice. Alongside seeds and seedlings, you’ll find rhizomes, bulbs and tubers, so you could add some long-stemmed Alliums to your cottage garden arrangement. Take your pick of new and old roses from a range of specialist nurseries, or choose specimen shrubs such as Hortensias, lilacs, brooms, Mahonias or yew to create structure and focal points in your garden all year round.
Props and sundries
Hand-crafted pots and planters, plant supports made from wood, ceramic or metal, hard-wearing outdoor furniture and a special selection of culinary treasures round off the familiar Staudenmarkt offering. On the educational side, this spring’s programme includes a talk on “Botanical discoveries at the Staudenmarkt”. The Botanic Garden’s long-grass area, meanwhile, offers a space for the younger generation to roam and make botanical discoveries of their own.
Our patron for 2017
Prof. Dr. Norbert Kühn is director of the Department for Vegetation Technology and Planting Design at the TU Berlin, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Karl Foerster Foundation and Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Marianne Foerster Foundation.