The blossom-themed cars are a particular attraction along the circular route through the city centre. Lahr‘s societies design these with the theme of “growing. living. moving.” The three-dimensional objects are hand-made and covered in hundreds of Chrysanthemum blossoms. It’s worth coming again! On the 31st October, the blossom cars are replaced with new ones.
THE THEMED GARDENS
The city gardeners design the squares and avenues of the city centre with colourful thematic beds. An eight meter high Japanese Chrysanthemum Pagoda towers above the Urteilsplatz, Chrysanthemum trees reach for the sky, and the beloved Chrysanthemum gate is an excellent frame for a memorable photo.
KREUZSTRASSE CLAY OVEN FACTORY + STORK TOWER
The metal strips in the floor covering of the museum square at the new city museum (1) show the route of the former city wall. Huge beds, planted with more than 1,300 Chrysanthemums in lilac and pink colours, continue the theme. They are criss-crossed with light ribbons which lead to the centre of the medieval Tiefburg (deep fortress). The Cineraria maritima plant, also known as Silberblatt (silver leaf) in German, refers to the previous silver mining in the Schuttertal.
The new square in front of the Storchenturm (10) follows the lines of the former castle courtyard. The square castle complex, which is bordered by four towers, was surrounded by water. Topiary dolphins swim to Chrysanthema in privet waves in 1‘100 chrysanthemums planted in circles, coloured gravel and decorative foliage plants.
HISTORICAL CITY WALL
The strictly formal rose garden in the Lahr city park, which is modelled on the rose gardens at Parc Bagatelle, has already excited visitors at the horticultural show. Now, in late autumn, the neatly ordered crossroads are decorated with Chrysanthemums. At this time of year, the birds still twitter in the small Voliere, which is a scale model of the original in the rose garden of the park, which is almost 150 years old.
CITY MILL – Q14
Rings of cascading chrysanthemums extends four meters above the heads of the visitors like a floral crown. Each of the 40 plants has around 200 – 250 blossoms.
Creating bespoke gardens is both a pleasure and „joie de vivre“. With natural materials, plants and other materials, experienced landscape gardeners have created a green island in the middle of the city centre.
An artistic and horticultural exchange has been taking place between the city of Kasama in Japan and Lahr for more than ten years. Kasama is known for its centuries-long tradition of the chrysanthemum festival. The Japanese garden in Urteilsplatz refers to the Asian origins of the chrysanthemum. The striking, multi-storey chrysanthemum Pagoda (Jp.: Tō) is decorated with dozens of chrysanthemum cascades. The Tō is a fixed constituent of Buddhist temples in Japan.
The Europa-Park is famous for its fast rollercoasters, breathtaking shows and spectacular water attractions in the middle of a unique park. During the horticultural show, gardeners from Germany’s largest leisure park adorn the Sonnenplatz with splendid chrysanthemum bushes in vibrant colours.
Ortenau is known as a fruit paradise. There is hardly any fruit which will not thrive in the mild, sunny region. The bizarrely-shaped fruit trees from a nearby plantation which have been formed by decades of cutting bear plateshaped chrysanthemums as fruit instead of apples.
The row of pillars in Kirchstraße has been turned into a field of chrysanthemum pillars of differing heights in one small bed. The historical Rosenbrunnen can be found in the centre.
SCHLOSSPLATZ (CASTLE SQUARE)
Chrysanthemums flow together from all directions and rise into a spiral of joyful, complementary colours. Translated for the Euro-district, you could say that if we all do our own thing, the result is bigger than the sum of its parts. Traditionally, a themed flower bed from our twin town Dole can be found on the Schlossplatz. Dole is well-known for its traditional spring festival. Our friends from the Alsatian towns of Erstein and Benfeld also have a flower bed here. In the month of August, Erstein attracts many visitors with its sugar festival, and Benfeld invites its guests to the “Stubbehansefest”.