The Campus Garden
There is a mix of many different elements in our campus garden. Located between the new houses and the stables of the animals, it is a garden that must not be overlooked when visiting Michaelshof. Coming from the rose garden, you walk straight to the greenhouse where from spring to autumn we sow seeds for flowers and vegetable plants. In winter, like our other greenhouses, it serves as a winter home for potted plants. Directly in front of the greenhouse are our medicinal plant beds, which are popular with visitors. Here you will find horseradish, marshmallow and angelica, which are also particularly beautiful as individual plants.
When the graceful formations oft the grasses
light up in the sun …
The huge cherry tree is a highlight of this garden, not least for the cherry blossom in May; a magnificent feast for the eyes as the tree majestically spreads its white flowers with the orange-red tulip ‘Ad Rem’ shining in contrast at its feet.
Not far from the cherry tree is the centre of the garden where a pond with a small island in the middle shapes the whole area in a beautiful way. The running ducks are surely not far away with their loud quacking by the feeding cows. They are sometimes exploring the surrounding gardens but are likely to be found at their campus garden pond. If you cross the Japanese-style, wooden bridge, the circular bench on the island under the old apple tree invites you to dwell.
The diverse grasses of this place are to be seen opposite the pond in two large flower beds. The grasses are especially beautiful in autumn and
A new feature of this garden area is the ‘House of Nature’, as well as the ‘Youth Hostel’. The two large houses, built in 2017/2018, have become special attractions of our place. Beginning in March 2019, the ‘House of Nature’ will host a wide range of events and exhibitions on the subject of nature (see the program here).
The adjoining ‘Youth Hostel’ offers space for our helpers from all over the world, who now finally have a building designed specifically for them. School classes will also be able to stay here during their agricultural traineeships.
The lawn in front of the house with its modern design – a mixture of beech elements and tall cypress trees – has its own special charm. To relax, there is little private space on the large lawn. If you like it a bit more sheltered, you can go to the left of the ‘Youth Hostel’ into a small garden with a pond. Although it is somewhat separated by higher bushes and hedges, it is still a part of the campus garden.
Right next to the House of Nature is a small shady area to discover, with a nice area to play boules, kubb or garden chess. The brick barbecue makes it possible to eat together on cozy summer evenings.