Luxembourg's Ministry of Culture announced that following its call for participation in the second Luxembourg edition of the "Rendez-vous aux jardins", 39 owners and managers of historical and contemporary gardens, private and public, responded to the invitation to organise specific events aimed at a wide variety of audiences.
The "Rendez-vous aux jardins" is aimed to (re)discover gardens thanks to guided tours, conferences, demonstrations of know-how, meetings with owners, gardeners, exhibitions, readings of texts, concerts and workshops.
The second Luxembourg edition of the "Rendez-vous aux jardins" will take place from 3 to 6 June 2022. It will bring together 39 partners offering 66 events that will revolve around the theme "gardens and climate". Against the background of the climate emergency, the garden is more than a cultural and social place. It is a place of memory, a friendly place and a place of meditation. It represents a resource for the renewal of the planet.
Launched in 2018 by HEREIN, a European network for information and cooperation on cultural heritage which brings together European public administrations responsible for national policies and strategies in the cultural heritage sector, some 3,000 gardens will open their doors in June in 20 European countries. "Discovering the gardens within the framework shared with the member countries of the Council of Europe means pooling on an international level the desire to preserve, protect and conserve them against the backdrop of climate change", specified Minister of Culture, Sam Tanson.
The “Rendez-vous aux jardins” will be launched on 2 June 2022 at 16:00 with a visit to the city park and its casemates near the Amélie monument.
The conservation of natural and cultural heritage is at the heart of this inaugural visit. On 3 and 5 June, the art historian, Patricia de Zwaef, will present the conservation methods of the Colpach park in the face of heavy rains, periods of drought, erosion and tree diseases.
In the park of the old abbey of Echternach, Professor Marc Schoellen will raise awareness (on 3 and 5 June) of the risks and threats to this natural and historical heritage due to climate change: diseases with dying ashes, box tree moth, impoverishment of the diversity of bird species, invasive animals including Egyptian geese, effect of storms, floods and periods of drought. At Parc Brill in Mamer, a new rose garden will be inaugurated on 3 June 2022.
The Mullerthal Regional Tourist Office, Luxembourg's little Switzerland, invited gneneral public to discover this natural and cultural historical heritage (from 4 to 6 June) of an exceptional nature in the Grand Duchy.
The Luxembourg-ville will exceptionally open on 3 June its sites for the renaturation of the Pétrusse, a site classified by Unesco.
An artistic programme enriching the Rendez-vous aux jardins 2022: Marco Schank invites general public to readings in his private garden in Eschdorf; Claudine Als will read excerpts from her book “Resilience, magic potion” in the private gardens Folschette in Schléiwenhaff and Wolff in Helmsange. The rapper "Maz" will perform on 4 June in the evening at the Wiltz garden, while the trumpeters of Chasse Saint-Hubert will parade in a traveling concert through the streets of the old town (5 June).
Those interested will be able to register for educational visits to the Kalborn mill, the Mediterranean garden of Schwebsange, the Haus vun der Natur, the Grendel marsh, the Beckerich mill, while Transit Minette will exceptionally open the Breedewee garden in Esch-sur-Alzette for fun activities around gardening and its environmental impact and Vum Gréis (AMAP) will introduce its market gardening and solidarity agriculture (4 June).
The National Museum of Natural History and the Kirchberg Fund will offer tours on biodiversity and medicinal plants at Klosegrëndchen Park. Five private gardens, whose owners are particularly committed to the conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage and biodiversity, will exceptionally open their doors in Elvange, Schléiwenhaff, Helmsange, Grosbous and Pétange.
The “Rendez-vous aux jardins” will close on 6 June with the Genzefest in Wiltz, this ancient tradition celebrating broom as a characteristic plant of the Ardennes.
The complete programme is available onlive via: www.jardinsluxembourg.lu or can be enquired at the Ministry of Culture and at the tourist information offices.