April 2013

South Tyrolean singers at the Gardens of Trauttmandorff Castle - 21.04.13

The Day of the Choirs at the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle took place on Sunday 21 April. The spring songs of nine South Tyrolean choirs infused Trauttmansdorff’s eighty garden landscapes with the sound of music.

The German proverb “Where people sing, you can settle down. Wicked folk have no songs,” was quite apropos on 21 April, when around 3,000 visitors celebrated the Day of the Choirs at the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle. The Sound of Spring: that was the theme of the day, as nine South Tyrolean choirs pulled out all the stops. Indeed, the choirs and their repertoire were as colorful as a Trauttmansdorff spring day. The sound of women’s, men’s, children’s and youth choirs filled the lush Forests of the World, the cheery Sun Gardens, and the lovely Water and Terraced Gardens with enchanting music and brought spring to the South Tyrolean alluvial forests.

                                           The Algund women's choir

The Day of the Choirs took place for the tenth time in 2013, in cooperation with the South Tyrol Choral Association. This year, nine South Tyrolean choirs participated: the PRISMA youth choir, the vox jubilans children's choir, the Algund women's choir, the Untermais church choir, the Völlan church choir, Gaulsänger Lana, the RAINDROPS youth choir, Mandochor Ehrenburg, and the Ulten men's choir.

                                                 Children choir

Visitors enjoyed this extraordinary musical accompaniment from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The grand finale was when the choirs did a group encore – all nine together, at the Water Lily Pond. It was hard to tell who was having more fun: the audience or the singers. One thing is certain: the Day of the Choirs will surely be celebrated once again in 2014.

Trauttmansdorff’s Gartenführer awarded German Garden Book Prize - 18.04.13

The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle’s Gartenführer (Guide to the Gardens) has been deemed one of the best garden guides of 2013. The publication won third place in the Best Garden Guidebook category of the 2013 German Book Prize. The awardwinning garden guide will be presented at the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle on 17 April, as part of the Plant of the Year press conference.

The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle was named International Garden of the Year in 2013, and this new book award for the Trauttmansdorff’s Gartenführer followed closely on the heels of that honor. The publication won the German Book Prize, and now ranks among the top three garden guides. The field of competition for the German Book Prize, now in its seventh year, comprised more than 100 publications from 29 different European publishers. To commemorate Trauttmansdorff’s 10-year anniversary in June 2011, Tappeiner Verlag released this fully revised and updated version of Gartenführer in German, Italian and English. The author of the work, botanist Karin Ortler, has been employed at the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle since 1999 and is currently in charge of visitor management.

Divided into various areas of interest, the guidebook offers all sorts of information about Trauttmansdorff’s exotic and South Tyrolean landscapes in miniature, its wide array of themed gardens, its interactive Experience Stations, and the blooming highlights that shift over the course of the seasons. The book is fundamentally directed at garden enthusiasts and experts – yet families on an excursion, anyone interested in art, and fans of Empress Sissi will likewise find it extremely engaging. The guidebook also indicates the walking circuits and panoramic trails, which are signposted on the grounds; an overview map on the back jacket cover facilitates orientation.

Trauttmansdorff’s Gartenführer is an excellent way for visitors to inform themselves in advance about what specific attractions they especially want to see: one day, in fact, is rarely enough time to tour the whole 12-hectare site in addition to the Touriseum, South Tyrol’s museum of tourism history, which is housed inside Trauttmansdorff Castle.

2013 Plant of the Year: Mecardonia ‘Gold Dust’ - 17.04.13

Association and the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle presented ‘Gold Dust’ at the gardens on 17 April. The delicate Mecardonia ‘Gold Dust’ took center stage on the Sissi Terrace together with her godmother, reigning Miss South Tyrol Manuela Ramoser.

Every year, the South Tyrol Gardening Association selects one of the new plants of the garden season to be crowned Plant of the Year for one year. Five South Tyrolean seedling companies presented the South Tyrol Gardening Association jury with their new products for this year. For the fifth year now, the Plant of the Year was chosen out of this colorful assortment of competitors. The winner for 2013 is Mecardonia ‘Gold Dust’ from the Andreas Psenner seedling company in Bolzano (Bozen).

‘Gold Dust’ impressed the jury with its dainty, yellow flowers and robustness. The delicate-looking plant is in fact much stronger than it seems: it can withstand both rain and wind. It works well in hanging baskets, window boxes and basins, and also as ground cover in the garden – as long as the location is sunny, and dryness of the root ball can be avoided. Under the right conditions, these plants bloom continually throughout the summer in a multitude of yellow flowers. “The ‘Gold Dust’ cultivar is one of the slow-growing balcony plants, like geraniums, Bacopa and Brachycome, with which it can be combined well," suggests Thomas Psenner of the Andreas Psenner seedling company in Bolzano.

The most befitting setting for a Plant of the Year presentation is, of course, the 2013 International Garden of the Year: the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle. Trauttmansdorff was not only named International Garden of the Year this year, but also received an award for its Gartenführer (Guide to the Gardens). This publication about the gardens received the German Garden Book Prize, now ranking among the top three garden guidebooks.

Hansjörg Auer, Miss South Tyrol Manuela Ramoser, Daniel Bedin, Heinz Luther, Robert Psenner, Karin Ortler.

A partnership between the South Tyrol Gardening Association and the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle has been in existence for the last five years. On this occasion and in thanks for a fruitful working relationship, Daniel Bedin, director of the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, presented Valtl Raffeiner, the province chairman of the South Tyrol Gardening Association, with the awardwinning Gartenführer.

On Trauttmansdorff’s Sissi Terrace, ‘Gold Dust’ shared the spotlight with her godmother: Manuela Ramoser, the reigning Miss South Tyrol. “Mecardonia ‘Gold Dust’ is a particularly beautiful flower. I feel honored to be allowed to be her godmother, and hope that the delicate yellow flowers of ‘Gold Dust’ awaken spring fever in every flower and garden enthusiast, just as they do in me,” said the delighted Miss South Tyrol.

                    Miss South Tyrol Manuela Ramoser

‘Gold Dust’ has naturally also found its own special corners of the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle in which to thrive: visitors can enjoy the delicate gold sparkle and glitter of the enchanting Mecardonia ‘Gold Dust’ at the gardens – a lovely showcase for South Tyrol’s nurseries.