The magnificent gardens at Weihenstephan, Freising

From the historic city, an idyllic path shaded by lofty trees winds up to Weihenstephan Hill. At the top, the former Benedictine monastery is home to numerous beautifully laid-out gardens, managed and used by Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences. These lush green jewels, created and cared for with affectionate attention to detail, are an inspiration for horticulturalists and garden-lovers at home and abroad.

A symbiosis of ecology, relaxation and aesthetic pleasure.

The park-like Hofgarten and Baroque “Salettl”, the former summerhouse of the monastery’s abbots, welcomes visitors at any time of year with its glorious blossoms in summer, picturesque ancient trees, shrubs and seasonal borders. Breathtaking panoramic views of the Alps unfurl from the viewing terrace.

The Parterregarten is directly adjacent, with decorative planting that alternates colours and forms in highly modern style. In spring and summer it presents fascinating surprises, from harmonious moods to rich contrasts and arrestingly off-the-wall combinations.   

The Oberdieckgarten is likewise laid out in terraces and quadrants, but avoids the traps of rigid formality or bare function. Here roses join plants chosen for their fragrance or medical uses against a backdrop of hardy orchids, mountain laurels and azaleas.

Experimental shrub gardens

One of the most informative and aesthetically appealing teaching gardens far and wide is the experimental garden for perennials and shrubs. The twelve-acre site close to Weihenstephan Hill investigates the characteristics of perennials, shrubs and new rose varieties. There is a wealth of inspiration for garden designers, with herbaceous perennials and lush borders, heath and rock garden sections, ponds and basins, and extensive shrubs.

Immerse yourself in the variety of plants and their combinations on display here, and learn the changing beauty of the settings throughout the year!   

 

Photos of shrub gardens