Peter Wullschleger, Swiss landscape architect

Published on 16.04.2018
Peter Wullschleger, general secretary of the Swiss Federation of Landscape Architects, tells us about his experience of gardens
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Which are the most representative gardens of the Swiss plant heritage?

The absence of a feudal tradition and the weakness of the central state have led to very different regions but strongly influenced by European fashion in garden culture.

The Swiss "independent contributions" are 18th century peasant gardens, which have been guided by French landscape art. The late 19th century saw the development of plant collections in special gardens or botanical gardens.

The multifunctional urban open spaces, which could be described as "evolving gardens", are representative for contemporary landscape architecture in Switzerland. These include the renaturation of the Aire in Geneva, Murg-Auen-Park in Frauenfeld or Île-de-la-Suze in Bienne.

What does the theme of the year "Garden Europe" mean to you?

The theme embodies one of the essential elements of the garden: change, dynamism and diversity. There is a common European basic understanding of garden culture, which, however, always manifests itself in a specific form strongly rooted in the place. It may seem paradoxical, but it is the diversity that unites them.

 

If you were a garden, you would be ?

I like the photo of the Alpine Garden of Lautaret on the homepage of the Rendez-vous aux jardins website. I would just like to be a nice place where you like to relax and where you do not necessarily notice that you are in a garden. The obvious will be my approval.