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Top Picks: Meet at the Gardens

Top Picks: Meet at the Gardens

by Faye Peterson 3 min. 02.06.2021
Gardening correspondent Faye Peterson picks her favourite gardens opening for visitors
Photography workshops, guided tours and medicinal plants are all part of this year's Rendezvous aux Jardins
Photography workshops, guided tours and medicinal plants are all part of this year's Rendezvous aux Jardins
Photo credit: Pierre Matgé

This month marks a first for Luxembourg, as public and private gardens throughout the Grand Duchy prepare to take part in the Rendezvous aux Jardins initiative from the 4 to 27 June.

The initiative, literally translated to Meet at the gardens, was launched in 2018.  By 2019, 2,706 gardens across twenty European countries had opened their doors to the public.  For the first time ever, Luxembourg will be joining them.

This year’s theme is the ‘Transmission of Knowledge’.  Many of the gardens participating are arranging horticultural workshops with an emphasis on experiencing nature, creating art and incorporating wellbeing. 

This year’s programme has something for everyone, regardless of your age or level of experience. 

Here are my picks of this month’s events:

Photography Workshop in the parks and gardens of Luxembourg with Christophe Van Biesen and Alfonso Salgueiro Lora - Sunday, 6 June

Are you over sixteen years old and do you own a manual camera? Then book yourself on this photography workshop. Spend the morning in some of Luxembourg’s most beautiful gardens learning the best techniques to take impressive photographs from the professionals. 

Workshops are run in English and French.  But be snappy, although tickets are not cheap, they will be gone quick. You’ll find more information here.

A Guided tour of the gardens and wine tasting at Domaine Viticole Claude Bentz, Remich - Sunday 6 June

Take a stroll around the sensory gardens of the Domaine Claude Bentz with a glass or two of their white wine or crémant. Wander past the whimsical two-metre-high papier-mâché figurines dotted around the estate as you weave your way through the rose beds - whilst the children play in a specially designed area for them on the estate. 

Reserve your space now.  Afterall, growing grapes is it not?!

Hunting Horn Concert around the historic public parks in the City - Sunday, 6 June

If you are time rich, but cash poor then these roving musical interludes could be for you. The musical art of heralding trumpets originated in the French Royal Court.  From here the artform travelled to become a living tradition in the Luxembourg region. Hunt down the players as they travel around the city's parks performing brief concerts for all. 

Discover Medicinal Plants in Kirchberg - Wednesday, 9 June and 30 June

Are you thirsty for knowledge with a curious nature? Book your slot with an experienced herbalist and take a tour through the parks on Kirchberg’s plateau to learn about the wild plants there and their uses. 

Guided visits in English and German are available.  

Revisit roses at Schrassig - Sunday, 27 June

Home to a variety of Luxembourgish and international roses.  This garden of nearly 50 acres rests on the edge of the woods and is cultivated without chemical pesticides or fertilisers. Visitors will benefit from the opportunity to access expert advice and guidance from members of Luxembourg’s heritage rose organisation, the Patrimoine Roses. Inscription necessary.

You’ll find more information and a full programme details here

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