The Foundation

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

The Schloss Dyck Foundation

Schloss Dyck von der Orangerie

As a Centre for Garden Art and Landscape Design, the Schloss Dyck Foundation (Stiftung Schloss Dyck) is a unique institution in North Rhine-Westphalia, which vividly links historic gardens and cultural landscapes with contemporary issues in landscape culture and urban planning. In the 1990s, the heiress, Marie Christine Wolff Metternich, decided after looking back on an almost thousand-year history of the princes and old earls of Salm-Reifferscheidt-Dyck to look for a way to use the castle which would secure its existence as an important castle complex in the Rhineland. Based on a conceptual design by the Rhineland regional authority, the Stiftung Schloss Dyck was established as a Centre for Garden Art and Cultural Landscape. 

The foundation's starting capital was supplied by the Rhineland regional authority, the Rhein-Kreis Neuss (Rhine district of Neuss), the Gemeinde Jüchen (municipality of Jüchen) and the Sparkasse Neuss (Neuss savings bank). The Government of North Rhine-Westphalia sponsored the Rhein-Kreiss-Neuss to establish the Foundation. The Countess, Metternich, contributed the castle grounds as well as the English landscape garden. The Government of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Rhein-Kreiss Neuss largely bear the costs for the extensive restoration of the large moated castle grounds and the extension of the significant landscape parks with new gardens. In addition, financing of exhibitions, single restorations and projects, such as the European Garden Network, led by Schloss Dyck, is supplied by the European Union, the German Federal Government, the "Deutsche Stifung für Denkmalschutz" (German Foundation for Monument Conservation), "the Kunststiftung NRW" (Art Foundation NRW), the Foundation Culture Conservation and Culture Promotion of the Sparkasse Neuss as well as the Regional Authorities Rhineland and Westphalia-Lippe. Furthermore, money from industry has helped maintain the grounds and indivudual gardens, and contributed towards cultural programmes and the creation of a scientific institute.

The aim is - with the help of the financial sponsorships - to develop a foundation which is independently viable in the long term. Important steps in this direction have been the development of new gardens since the regional garden show in 2002, the completion of exhibition areas in 2003, the foundation of the International Institute for Garden Art and Landscape Design in 2005 and, last but not least, the opening of the European Garden Network in 2006, which is led by Schloss Dyck.


Schloss Dyck Foundation

Centre for Garden Art and Landscape Design
41363 Jüchen
Telephone:  +49 (0)2182 - 824-0, Telefax +49(0)2182 - 824-110

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