Small, pretty, fragrant: lavender flowers. © PETER KEES
For the 23rd time, the Open Garden Day will take place this Sunday in the district of Dachau. This year, the garden of Franz and Renate Seitz in Dachau can be visited.
County – Many gardens in the region are buzzing and buzzing right now. Shrubs and trees bloom and conjure up an idyllic picture, which also pleases the bees. No two gardens are alike. Rather, people let their imagination run wild and design their garden individually.
Open Garden Day on Sunday
In keeping with the theme of diverse and creative gardens, this year's "Open Garden Day" will take place in the district this Sunday, 11 June. The aim of this day is once again to celebrate the beauty and importance of the gardens. As every year, the organizers are the District Association of Upper Bavaria for Garden Culture and Landscape Care, the respective Upper Bavarian District Associations for Horticulture and Landscape Management as well as the District Consultants for Garden Culture and Landscape Management at the District Offices.
"Gardener's souls are something special. Everyone has their own preferences," explains Melitta Fischer, who, as head of the project "The district of Dachau is buzzing" at the district office, finds natural and insect-friendly gardening good even from a professional point of view.
One prefers order, the other likes it wild
"Natural gardens can also be very different, depending on your own taste." One prefers orderly perennial beds, the other loves it rather wild and lets nature take its course. And still others rely on lean sites with a dry stone wall, according to Fischer. The diversity of the gardens reflects the creative individuality of their owners – according to the motto: "Show me your garden, and I'll tell you who you are!" Melitta Fischer is therefore convinced: "From artistic flower beds to natural retreats, the region's gardens offer something for every taste!"
However, many gardens are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also ecologically valuable. More and more garden owners are committed to creating insect- and bee-friendly habitats, Fischer knows. However, many people lack the necessary knowledge to implement this optimally. Often the wrong plants are chosen or there is simply a lack of natural habitats. "Because just like us humans, the animals also need sufficient food, water and a home," emphasizes the expert. Therefore, it is particularly important to rely on native plants rich in nectar and pollen.
There is a large selection. Fischer's tip: borage, known in technical terms as Boraginum officinale, a spice and medicinal plant. According to Fischer, it is not only popular with bees and butterflies, but also "easy to care for and blooms from May to September with beautiful blue flowers".
Water points are important
Watering holes such as small drinking troughs or ponds, as well as suitable living spaces such as piles of sand and dry stone walls, also help to secure the habitat for insects and other animals. "Because food, water and a home can be provided anywhere, even on the smallest balcony," says the expert from the district office to the hobby gardeners.
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But the trend towards edible gardens is also being implemented by many people in the region, as Siegfried Lex, district consultant for garden culture and landscape management in the district of Dachau, emphasizes. "More and more people are growing regional fruit and vegetables in their own gardens. Self-sufficiency is also becoming increasingly important for many people due to rising inflation."
An example of how flora and fauna come together perfectly in a garden and how aesthetics are not neglected is the garden of Franz Seitz and his wife Renate Frank-Seitz from Dachau. At this year's 23rd edition of the Open Garden Day, the two welcome visitors to their green refuge in the allotment garden Kufsteinerstraße 18 G, section Tulpenweg 1116, with free admission from 10 a.m. to 17 p.m.
Impressive garden by Franz Seitz and Renate Frank-Seitz
Water plays a central role in this "impressive ornamental and kitchen garden", as Werner Gruber, chairman of the District Association for Horticulture and Landscape Management, calls the plant of Franz Seitz and Renate Frank-Seitz. According to Gruber, a near-natural pond with a beaver biotope borders the garden, and two garden ponds with fish offer fascinating attractions for amphibians.
He is therefore already looking forward to seeing as many garden and nature lovers as possible come together on Sunday. He emphasizes that this is not about perfection: "It's just a matter of getting into conversation, discussing successes and failures and exchanging tips and tricks."
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