The Palmengarten Turns 150 – This Is How We Celebrate Our Anniversary

“The citizens of Frankfurt were already up and about in the early morning hours of March 16, 1871, vying for a space along the Bockenheimer Landstrasse to watch the upcoming procession of the multiple-horse gala coach carrying Germany’s crown prince Friedrich, followed by elegant equipages with liveried servants.” Thus, the daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung described the Palmengarten’s opening day (now 150 years ago) in its March 16, 1951 edition on account of the garden’s 80th anniversary.

When the Palmengarten celebrates its 150th birthday later this year, no one has to occupy a space along the Bockenheimer vantage point, and no crown prince will drive by (which, according to the latest research, actually did not happen on March 16, 1871, either). And even though this anniversary year is dominated by a very different “crown” – the Corona virus – the Palmengarten will still put together a worthwhile anniversary program.

Festivities are slated to begin in the summer: Late June will see the opening of the gallery at the Palm House and the simultaneous opening of the open-air anniversary exhibition. The latter will lead visitors through the garden’s 150-year history, examining topics such as horticultural art, changes in botanical and horticultural collections over time, glamor and hospitality, music, sports, games, education, and participation. A future workshop invites visitors to look ahead at the next 150 years. Historical sight lines  and sound installations by sound artist Lasse-Marc Riek, entitled “Transformations,” concerts from jazz to blues, from chamber opera to singer-songwriters and folk, will round out the open-air anniversary program.

And the long-anticipated Flower and Butterfly House will also open its doors in the summer. Additional information about the house and the new exhibition “Dusted off – Of Flowers and their Visitors” can be found here.

Thus, the anniversary year 2021 not only offers a multitude of experiences but many new discoveries as well – starting with the trip there: Visitors who take the subway to the Palmengarten will soon be able to get off at the Westend (Palmengarten) station (the new name is a birthday present by the city of Frankfurt), thus getting into the mood for their visit on the platform already.

The Palmengarten Turns 150 – This Is How We Celebrate Our Anniversary

“The citizens of Frankfurt were already up and about in the early morning hours of March 16, 1871, vying for a space along the Bockenheimer Landstrasse to watch the upcoming procession of the multiple-horse gala coach carrying Germany’s crown prince Friedrich, followed by elegant equipages with liveried servants.” Thus, the daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung described the Palmengarten’s opening day (now 150 years ago) in its March 16, 1951 edition on account of the garden’s 80th anniversary.

When the Palmengarten celebrates its 150th birthday later this year, no one has to occupy a space along the Bockenheimer vantage point, and no crown prince will drive by (which, according to the latest research, actually did not happen on March 16, 1871, either). And even though this anniversary year is dominated by a very different “crown” – the Corona virus – the Palmengarten will still put together a worthwhile anniversary program.

Festivities are slated to begin in the summer: Late June will see the opening of the gallery at the Palm House and the simultaneous opening of the open-air anniversary exhibition. The latter will lead visitors through the garden’s 150-year history, examining topics such as horticultural art, changes in botanical and horticultural collections over time, glamor and hospitality, music, sports, games, education, and participation. A future workshop invites visitors to look ahead at the next 150 years. Historical sight lines  and sound installations by sound artist Lasse-Marc Riek, entitled “Transformations,” concerts from jazz to blues, from chamber opera to singer-songwriters and folk, will round out the open-air anniversary program.

And the long-anticipated Flower and Butterfly House will also open its doors in the summer. Additional information about the house and the new exhibition “Dusted off – Of Flowers and their Visitors” can be found here.

Thus, the anniversary year 2021 not only offers a multitude of experiences but many new discoveries as well – starting with the trip there: Visitors who take the subway to the Palmengarten will soon be able to get off at the Westend (Palmengarten) station (the new name is a birthday present by the city of Frankfurt), thus getting into the mood for their visit on the platform already.