The medieval garden

 - Haut-Koenigsbourg castle, Alsace, France
The Haut-Koenigsbourg castle most certainly had a garden in the Middle Ages. A medieval garden was therefore created to complete the castle domain in 2001.
The garden was planted the length of the ramparts, outside the fortress, with ideal exposition to the sun. Here visitors can discover the different aspects of gardening in medieval times: the garden is composed of square planting areas enclosed by low wicker trellis sections, rose bushes, vegetable plots, medicinal plants, and a flower garden. Visitors can rest and talk on benches where couples met in medieval times to make the first contact….
The castle gardens change constantly over the seasons; come and see for yourself from June through to September!
Haut-Koenigsbourg castle is member of the association "Les Jardins d'Alsace" (The gardens of Alsace).
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 - Haut-Koenigsbourg castle, Alsace, France

Eco-friendly action

One of the château du Haut-Koenigsbourg's Agenda 21 programme aims is 'To make even more strenuous efforts to adopt a more ecologically responsible approach to the maintenance of our green spaces and the medieval garden'. By entrusting the maintenance of all of the site's green spaces to a company specialized in getting people with specific difficulties back into the world of work through involvement with the environment, the château naturally opted for a more eco-friendly approach that was in line with the educational and heritage-focused goals of the medieval garden. This approach will be further bolstered by the garden's ongoing development, which will see extensive use made of a variety of old or heirloom plant species and varieties, all of which are well-suited to the local climate. In addition, composting, mulching, crop rotation, a ban on pesticides and chemicals and encouraging beneficial organisms are an integral part of this approach.