• Berlin is a “Must Visit” Destination for Garden Lovers This Year

    by  • February 22, 2017 • Berlin, City Breaks, Festivals, Nature

    The International Garden Show is taking place from April right through to October this year.

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    Berlin has a great many sights to interest the city break visitor –  The Reichstag, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Checkpoint Charlie and Potsdamer Platz to name just a few.  However this year the city will have even greater appeal for anyone who enjoys looking at gardens and flowers.  The International  Garden Show which is only held once every ten years will take place in Berlin between 13th April and 15th October.

    This gardening and lifestyle show with garden designs from around the world is bigger than all the RHS flower shows combined!   It will also feature its own cable car, a live entertainment stage, restaurants and special events throughout the year.  The show will be located on a vast site covering 1,900 square metres  in the middle of one of the largest housing estates in Europe, Marzahn – Hellersdorf on the East side of the city.  The show is aimed to be of interest to garden and flower enthusiasts, hobby gardeners and design professionals alike.  The overriding theme is about “green urban spaces and culture in all its variety of dimensions”.

    The exhibitions in the flower hall, tropical hall and numerous outdoor displays show the rich diversity of current landscape design. Perennials and annuals will all be displayed in indoor and outdoor settings.   Miniature, shrub, rambling and hybrid tea roses will be brought together to form a unique composition in the rose garden. The innovation area will also showcase the latest plant creations and developments in the area of bedding and potted plants.


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    For those who like to look at show gardens a real feast awaits.  There will be a spellbinding collection of international show gardens of every possible type, from traditional to ultra-contemporary, featuring the very latest of gardening styles.  A number of international gardens have been built on this site since the mid-1990s, starting with the Chinese Garden and including the Renaissance Garden, the Christian Garden, the Karl Foster Garden and a labyrinth. On plots each measuring 380 square metres, visitors can admire garden design from the UK, Australia, Lebanon, Thailand, China, Germany, Brazil, Chile and South Africa.  A sustainable park landscape that will be created around the exhibition grounds, the “Kienbergpark”, will offer the local inhabitants inspiring new spaces which will be accessible free of charge once the IGA is over.  An observation  platform will be built on the Kienberg.  Built in the form of a cloud, the visitors platform floats over the treetops on the hill in Marzahn-Hellersdorf.  From this platform, “Wolkenhain”,  visitors will be able to see all the way to the radio tower in Berlin‘s inner city and also far into the landscape of Brandenburg on the other side.



    With a degree in Geography under her belt, Ann felt that a career in travel might be a good choice. Fast forward over thirty years, and Ann is still in the industry so her instincts have served her well. Ann spent much of her early career working for big names such as Global Overland and Wallace Arnold where she was involved in the contracting and operation of coach tours on a large scale. Taking time out to raise her family, Ann returned to the industry working for Cities Direct. Her desire to travel is as strong as ever and she loves nothing better than visiting a new destination and being able to relay her experiences first hand to Cities Direct clients.