Parkseminar Stolberg (Harz)

This years Parkseminar took place at Schloss Stolberg from 16th to 18th October. Our office has been commissioned since 2008 with the research, historical excavations and documentation of the site
and, since 2009, with the design and realization of all external areas. We helped prepare the Parkseminar and lectured during the weekend event.

The working seminar was a challenge for all participants, as old trees had to cut back, sight lines cleared, hawthorn trees planted and steps restored. For the theoretical part of the seminar, lectures
were held about the location of Stolberg, the gardens, parks of the region and historic gardens in general. The seminar and agenda was a joint action of local cooperation partners and the heritage

Event organisers:   Local authority Suedharz / German Heritage Foundation / Gartenträume - Historic parks in Saxony- Anhalt.



The current Federal Garden Show closed it's gates on the 11th October. It was the first 'decentral' garden show of it's kind - stretching over five towns and 53 hectares. In total there were more than 1.050.000 visitors. The new, sustainable concept combined town planning, landscape and touristic aspects of all five towns. Presently the sites are being prepared for the handover to the local authorities.

An office trip in September gave us the opportunity to view the planting areas designed by our office.

Due to the high content of grasses in the plantings, the autumnal aspect was especially effective. The heather garden was as very beautiful at this time of year.

We hope that all planting areas will be retained and can offer variety and beauty to the park for years to come!



Here you will find some Fotos that we took of the garden show in the Havel region in May this year. The area shown is the Marienberg in 'Brandenburg an der Havel'. Download: Impressionen 


Newspaper articel from the 'Märkischen Allgemeinen Zeitung' about the heather garden on the Marienberg - Download


Award of the Thuringian Prize for Landscape Architecutre 2013

On the 2nd October the Thuringian Architectural Association awarded this years Landscape Architectural Prize to four offices. Our office received yet another accolade with the project 'Refugium Garden culture on the Via Regia in Nermsdorf, 12 km north of Weimar.

The rural project consists of two former farms on aprox. on hectare of land, located in the fertile arable landscape north of Weimar.

The jury commended the project as a possible new strategy for the revival of rural areas and an attempt to reverse the disconnection between villages and their surrounding landscape. A new hope for the future of the cultural landscape of middle Germany.


Opening of the Lower Bahnhofstreet in Apolda

The Lower Bahnhofstreet in Apolda was formally opened on 2nd October. Our office was responsible for all aspects of the Landscape design, traffic planning and construction supervision.

The project is an important component of the coming Stat Garden Show in 2017 and Apolda hopes that the new vehicular access and provision of a bus stop will help bring life back into this important residential and commercial location.

Zeitungsartikel (Thüringer Allgemeine / thüringen)


Award of the Thuringian Architecture Prize 2013

Of the 165 submitted entries, five projectes were awarded the Thuringian Architecture Prize 2013. One of the awards went to our office and to the project 'Garden culture on the Via Regia' in Nermsdorf, Thuringia.

The Thuringian Architectural Association awards the prize every two years as part of the event 'Architektouren'. The aim is to find projects that:


- suprise through their functional, formal or technical solution,

- are totally original,

- stand out or are,

- are incompromisingly innovative or combine traditional and modern architecture in a refreshing manner.

Refer to the website of the Architecture Association for more information:

Offices involved: Martin Kohl, Architect; DANE Landscape Architects BDLA

Clients: Grit Hasselmann, Michael Dane


 TA Artikel vom 08. Juni 2013


Fedeal Garden Show (BUGA) 2015 in the Havel Region

In 2015 the next Fedeal Garden Show will be opened in the Havel Region in north-central Germany. A special aspect of this show is that it is spread over five locations, over an distance of approximately 80km and over an area of approximately 54 Hectares. All are connected together by the river Havel and water is the main theme and combining element for the show.

Our office has been commisioned to prepare the designs for the exhibition and show planting for the Marienberg in the town of Brandenburg  the largest and  most southerly location of the show and one of the most important entrance areas. Included are loge areas of perennials, roses, summer bedding and an extensive heather garden. 

The commision is a unique and exhilarating challenge for our office and we are all looking forward to 2015.


20th office anniversary

There is yet another reason to celebrate! This year we are celebrating our 20th anniversary. The office was founded in 1992 in Bad Homburg near Frankfurt - who would have thought that we would be realising our vision of landscape design and town planning here in the heart of Germany - in Weimar, Thuringia. We were commisioned with our first projects in Thuringia in 1993 and soon after established a second office in Bad Berka. As it is so beautiful here we decided to move our main office here in 1994. From then on our spectrum of projects increased - historic parts and hospitals in central Germany to hotel and club landscapes in carribean and mediterranean countries. And so the office grew - now we have a core of 10-15 staff. So... now we will celebrate. Where ? In our new office garden in the village of Nermsdorf. Learn more:


Garden culture on the Via Regia

A dream has been realised!

In the tiny village of Nermsdorf near Buttelstedt in Thuringia, Germany there is now a farm where young and old can share their interest and passion for all aspects of gardening and garden design. It is a place where seminars and courses will take place within one of the most beautiful gardens in Thuringia.

To find out more visit the website: ... then come and visit us.


Presentation of the brochure „20 years redevelopment in Jena“

The brochure shows the redevelopment of the town of Jena in Thuringia over the last 20 years will be presented on Monday the 11th of July. The brochure documents in a very effective and lively way the renovation and new development of Jena in the last 20 years, using sample of projects and interviews. Our office prepared a part of the brochure covering the theme „A paradise for Jena – landscape concept for the Rasenmühleninsel“ („Ein Paradies für Jena – Freiraumkonzeption zur Rasenmühleninsel“).


The brochure is available at the Jena tourist information office and from the town authorities (Anger 15) and costs 8,-Euro. It is published by the town of Jena.


IFLA World Congress of Landscape Architecture

The IFLA World Congress of Landscape Architecture from 27-29 June in Zürich was a resounding success. Almost 1400 guests and delegates made their way to the swiss city and were rewarded by an almost overwhelming selection of lectures, sessions, round tables, technical visits and informal get-togethers.

Under the overall title ‚Scales of Nature’ the congress investigated, on an international scale, urban areas, peri-urban areas and rural land and all the challenges they present to the Landscape Architect.

Zürich was a wonderful location to show these themes as all are concentrated into the narrow confines of the Limmat valley. Switzerland is also a hot-bed of contemporary landscape architecture with many exciting projects to visit.

More information is available at


The next venue is Cape Town South Africa.


Congratulations for the Moritz-Ziller-Prize for town planning

We congratulate our young colleague Robert Heinze for receiving an endorsement as part of the Moritz-Ziller-Prize 2011 for town planning. The theme of the competition was town_railway_park radebeul (stadt_bahn_park radebeul) and is confered every three years by the town of Radebeul in Saxony.

Young town planners, landscape architects and architects can take part in this competition. It was given it’s name by Moritz Ziller, a master builder and successful businessman who heavely influenced town and park planning in and in the vicinity of Radebeul.

For more information about the prize including the description of the themes and the evaluation of the prize winners - please go to the following website:


Opening of the renovated gardens of Stolberg castle in the mountains of Harz

On the 23 June 2011 the south terrace, the first section of the renovated garden surrounding Stolberg Castle, was opened by the Prime Minister of Sachsen-Anhalt Rainer Haseloff. 

The renovation and construction of the south terrace included the garden pavilions and is part of a major project and is begun in 2009 and initiated by the town of Stolberg and the German Foundation for Heritage Preservation (Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz). Rittmannsperger Architekten Darmstadt carried out the building design.

The renovated south terrace is based upon an overall heritage conservation plan prepared by our office in 2004. The design reflects the garden constructed here in the 1930s by the well-known landscape architect Heinrich Wiepking-Jürgensmann.



Federal Garden Show (BUGA) Koblenz – The Rose Garden


The Federal Garden Show in Koblenz is open! Our office prepared the planting concept for the rose garden on the upper plateau of the Ehrenbreitstein fortress.

This concept is now reality. The visitors were astounded already at the opening of the show in April when more than 10.000 tulips and other bulbs were in full abloom. From the end of May the show of rose flowers begins.


A full description of the garden, written by Michael Dane and Steffen Witosseck is to be found in the monthly garden magazine “Gartenpraxis”, issue May 2011.


Federal Garden Show (BUGA) Koblenz – An Overview


From the 15 April  - 16 October 2011 the town of Koblenz on the confluence of the rivers Rhine and Mosel invites visitors to stroll through the extensive garden show with a myriad of gardens on both sides of the river Rhine.

The show includes horticultural exhibitions and gardens spread over three main areas – in Koblenz itself on the confluence of the rivers Rhine and Mosel and around the castle as well as on the upper plateau of the Ehrenbreitstein fortress. Also included is a new promenade along the Rhine and Mosel rivers. Over 3000 events will be held throughout the show.


Further information about the garden show in Koblenz can be found on the website:



'Open Gardens - Offene Gärten' 2011

Open Gardens – Offene Gärten in Thuringia took place this year from the 25th May to the 26 June. In total 18 towns and regions took part and over 250 of the most beautiful private gardens were opened for one day for all to visit.

Apart from horticultural exhibitions and activities, visitors were treated to music, literature, readings and a range of gastronomical delights. The gardens could be visited by foot, car and bicycle – organised bicycle tours were also offered.

If you wish to know more about Open Gardens – Offene Gärten in Thuringia go to the website:

Maybe you would like to take part next year?

For more information on the activities in Thuringia and Weimar please contact M. Dane & K. Schuchert at DANE Landschaftsarchitekten, Tel. 03643/492610 or per mail:


We are on the front page!

Our newly built Kurpark in Bad Liebenstein including the event pavillon has made it on to the postcard „Thuringia – the green heart of Germany“.






Award for the training centre of the Police Authority in Chemnitz, Saxony

The prize of the German Architectural Association (BDA) in Saxony has been awarded to the training center of the police authority in Chemnitz. In association with the architect C. Knoche from Leipzig and A. Neumann from Plauen we involved in designing a stylish facility combining powerful architecture and landscape architecture.

The jury described the architectural language of the facility as sensitive.


Market Place in Apolda, Thuringia

Despite the short construction time of only seven month, the refurbished Market Place in Apolda was opened on the 25th 2010. The historical market place was completly renovated. Although the population of the small Thuringian town were of mixed feelings at the beginning - everyone is now thrilled with the finish design.


Design Competition in Markt Obereisbach

Together with Neumann Architekten BDA our office was awarded 4. Prize in the design competition for the Environmental Education Centre of the UNESCO Biosphere Rhön.


Michael Dane at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar

Michael Dane took over as head of the Chair of Landscape Architecture at the Bauhaus University in Weimar in 2008. These was a temporary position lasting two years.

From the beginning of the Winter Term 2010 he has retained lecturing and supervisory responsibilities.