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Dießen's volunteer community gardener says hello

2023-12-09T07:08:47.340Z

Highlights: Dießen's volunteer community gardener says hello. Irmi Hofheinz (77) wrote fifteen years ago to the then mayor Herbert Kirsch and invited him to take a tour. She designed and maintained the mini-park around the Fischermädel-Brunnen fountain on Untermüllerplatz. Many flowering planters, such as those in front of the entrance to the station, were also on her account. She is already looking forward to a walk together to show her colleague her beloved Fleckerl.



Status: 09.12.2023, 08:00 a.m.

By: Dieter Roettig

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Made Dießen flourish for 15 years: Irmi Hofheinz was bid farewell by Mayor Sandra Perzul (right). © Photomontage: Roettig

Dießen – "I would like to make Dießen's dirty corners more beautiful," Irmi Hofheinz (77) wrote fifteen years ago to the then mayor Herbert Kirsch and invited him to take a tour. In the center, she showed him neglected areas that she wanted to let flourish in the truest sense of the word. Infected by her euphoria, Kirsch approved a budget for soil, plants, seeds and everything you need for gardening. Especially since Irmi Hofheiz wanted to volunteer as an unofficial "community gardener".

Now that she has handed over the task to the municipal building yard for reasons of age, she has only become aware of what great things she has actually achieved over the years. She designed and maintained the mini-park around the Fischermädel-Brunnen fountain on Untermüllerplatz, numerous flowering areas such as in front of the railway underpass to the lake, around the maypole or opposite the "Teesegler" shop. Many flowering planters, such as those in front of the entrance to the station, were also on her account.

At a "thank you" reception in Dießen's town hall, she confessed to Mayor Sandra Perzul that she had little idea about gardening at the beginning of her job: "I basically took tutoring at the Wörlein garden center and with Peter Kaun senior." Through "learning by doing", she became a passable gardener. In the beginning, she had a dozen comrades-in-arms, but they gradually dropped out. After all, the creation of beds and permanent maintenance are time-consuming back-breaking work: "From May to the beginning of November, I was on site for a few hours every day, planting, weeding, mowing the lawn and picking up dog poop. To prevent the plants from dying of thirst, water master Michael Deininger entrusted me with a key with which I could tap into the hydrants." Help also came from local residents, with whom she was able to store her garden tools and who also reached for the watering can themselves.

Irrigation plant?

Particularly persistent was the creation of the area around the Fischermädel fountain on Untermüllerplatz. Here, the soil had to be replaced several times and enriched with compost and rock flour. The perennials and flowers were troubled by the tall trees and paving stones all around, which heat up to 40 degrees in summer. "Here I had to water vigorously at least twice a day," she says, and would like to see an automatic irrigation system. Until that comes one day, the head of the building yard, Martin Holzschuh, and his staff are responsible for "the legacy" of Irmi Hofheinz. As Perzul announced at the farewell reception, the building yard will soon be getting reinforcements. Among them is an expert employee with gardening experience. Irmi Hofheinz is already looking forward to a walk together to show her colleague her beloved Fleckerl in Dießen. By the way, Hofheinz has already acquired a new hobby: she enthusiastically learns to play the guitar at the Dießen music school.

Source: merkur

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