Gardening History on Original Soil

Only one hundred years ago, families cultivated their own plant species. One family was the patrician family Effinger, who resided at Wildegg Castle. The widespread diversity of species at that time is now readily apparent in the public gardens of the manor. For the protection and support of rare, culturally and historically significant species, over 300 old species of vegetables, grains and berries as well as aroma, seasoning and medicinal herbs are cultivated in collaboration with the Swiss foundation ProSpecieRara.

In the root cellar, visitors meet the current gardener, Bruno, and the last lady of the manor, Julie von Effinger (1837-1912). Their animated conversation forges a bridge over more than one hundred years of gardening culture. Amazed at the news of decreasing biodiversity, Julie von Effinger ventures into the 21st century in order to see for herself. What she discovers is what the visitors can explore: At various stations they learn more about the endangered species.
In addition, the exhibition explains the history of castle gardens and offers visitors the opportunity to plant rare species themselves.

Facts & Figures
Wildegg, Switzerland
Museum Aargau
Concept, planning, realisation of the garden attraction, 60 sq. m, 2017
Photos: Museum Aargau