Public spots on private plots

International Symposium on Garden Architecture
September 29, 2012

“Gardens, to me, mean variety and space close to nature, and joie de vivre for all generations”. Wolfgang Sobotka, Lower Austria deputy governor

The symposium highlights gardens as social, productive and creative spaces. Private gardens, and their design and use, interact with their environment, the times and circumstances surrounding them, and reflect lifestyles and cultures. Is there a new garden culture – what work is being done on it worldwide? The speakers will present gardens as paradises or utopias, as interfaces with public space, as compositions of plants and materials.
09.00–09.30am – Registration
09.30–10.00am – Introductory remarks by Joachim Brocks, “Natur im Garten”,   and Karin Standler, Team private plots
10.00–11.00am – Franzisk Bark Hagen (CH)
11.00–11.30am – Coffee break
11.30–12.30am – Tom Stuart-Smith (GB)
12.30–01.30pm – Lunch break
01.30–02.30pm – Teresa Moller (CL)
02.30–03.30pm – Stig L. Andersson (DK)
Moderated by: Vladimir Sitta

Symposium fee: € 50.- (includes conference folder, lunch buffet and refreshments at breaks)
Languages: simultaneous interpretation English/German
Venue: Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria. Registration:
Award ceremony
4.30 pm, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria
Garden-Culture-Landscape Tour with Iris Meder and Felicitas Konecny
September 30, 10.00 am – 7.00 pm, meeting point: Essl Museum, Fee: € 30.-
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Best Private Plots

Call for Entries
Deadline for entries – June 4th, 2012

The international garden architecture competition best private plots – Die besten Gärten 2012  was launched on the 2nd of April 2012.

The award best private plots – Die besten Gärten 2012 recognizes exemplary sustainable design of private outdoor spaces, highlighting the garden as a contemporary dialogue between architecture, ecology and landscape, as places of inspiration and creation, as habitats that tell stories.

The award criteria include artistic and conceptual quality, ecological use of plants and materials, delimitation and organization of outdoor space. A focus lies on variety of uses and sustainability. The outdoor spaces must be clearly identifiable as intended for private residence and use, and must have been created no more than ten years ago. The competition is international. Landscape architects, architects, artists, gardeners, garden owners and combinations thereof from all countries are eligible.

Prizes: First prize: 7,000 € | Second prize: 5,000 € | Third prize: 3,000 €

Jury 2012: Stig L. Andersson (DK), SLA Urbanity Strategy Landscape | Franziska Bark Hagen (CH), cultural scientist | Teresa Moller (CL), Estudio del Paisaje | Vladimir (Tom) Sitta, Terragram | Tom Stuart-Smith (GB), Landscape Design

Award ceremony and International symposium on garden architecture: September 29th, 2012, Essl Museum, A-3400 Klosterneuburg, Austria.

The bilingual catalog best private plots – Die besten Gärten 2012 will present about 30 outdoor spaces and gardens nominated for the award. The catalog will be launched at the award ceremony on 29th September 2012 and can be ordered at

best private plots 12 competition brief
best private plots 12 folder
best private plots 12 Jury
best private plots 12 poster