New Gardens

Stiftung Schloss Dyck, 41363 Jüchen, Fon (0 21 82) 824-0, Fax (0 21 82) 824-110

The New Gardens

Travelling towards Dyck you will notice a large field opposite the castle access which stretches along the 200-year-old Chestnut Grove to the Convent St. Nikolaus. At first look it seems to be covered wholly with reeds. But there is more: garden architecture and art wish to be discovered. The new design of the formerly agriculturally used Dycker Field was created on the occasion of the decentral regional garden show 2002. The tender for the Landscape Architecture Competition for New Gardens was won by the young Bonn-based landscape architect Stefan Lenzen who has in the meantime become internationally successful. His design did not try to transfer the traditional park structures to the new 25-hectare area. Instead the new park found its examples in the surrounding predominantly agricultural Rhenish cultivated landscape. Long lawn areas cross a field of China Reeds and together with the adjacent old Chestnut Grove highlight the historical connection between the Convent St. Nikolaus, Dycker Winehouse and castle. In the rolling sea of China Reeds, which each year grow up to 4 metres high, there are more than twenty contemporary theme gardens designed by different landscape architects. Some of them are dedicated to one colour. Others attract attention with their resonant names like “Hain des Heron”, “Isola Bella” or “Judäischer Garten”. The Reeds which form a frame for the theme gardens are harvested each year in the spring and as a renewable resource are used for a variety of purposes.

The focus of the field is a free area with an impressive stone sculpture “Ten variations of a block” by the internationally renowned artist Ulrich Rückriem. Depending on your viewpoint the ten massive granite blocks are a closed wall or offer interesting windows into the landscape. In summary, the New Gardens on the Dycker Field represent extraordinary and modern park design which has won national and international landscape architecture awards. Visitors who take time to cross the long lawn areas and to discover the sometimes hidden garden rooms will be rewarded with an extraordinary experience of space as well as ever new perspectives and views.

Plantwork Orange in the Dycker Feld

Rueckriem Stone Blocks in the Dycker Field

Garden Beautiful View in the Dycker Field

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