Baroque garden splendour and palace concerts - Weilburg Palace Gardens (Part 1)
"I can remember in detail standing in front of the huge Weilburg Palace gates at half past six in the morning on 1st February 1994, supposed to be starting my first day's work. It was dark and cold, and I felt very lost," says Katharina Brunsing, describing the beginning of her work at Weilburg Palace almost exactly 23 years ago. On that cold February morning, she could hardly imagine just how fulfilling her work as the palace’s master gardener would one day become. Today, she is responsible for a 3.8-hectare palace garden, five gardeners, four apprentices and invariably a handful of interns.
"The palace has seven terraces on different levels," Katharina Brunsing explains. "It makes cultivating the beds difficult because we can't use machinery. Everything we do here is done painstakingly by hand." The baroque garden, which dates back to the second half of the 16th century, is planted colourfully every year, each time new and different. The master gardener works out planting plans in August, then orders the necessary seeds and begins sowing them with her team in the palace's own greenhouses in December. The plants are cultivated, pricked out, potted, staked, pruned, fertilised, watered and repotted...Next article in the series:
Baroque garden splendour and palace concerts - Weilburg Palace Gardens (Part 2)
Published on 28.09.2017