Garden Fair Kaiserslautern opens April 13

Petra Lessoing
Kaiserslautern American

***image1***The Garden Fair Kaiserslautern opens its doors April 13 to Oct. 29. After the State Garden Fair in 2000, this is the sixth local garden fair with several novelties. When organizing the event, garden fair officials mainly thought about the people liking flowers, children and dinosaur enthusiasts.

“Like in previous years, we want to entertain visitors with a diversified program and get ideas for their own gardens and backyards,” said Claudia Mühlberger from the Garden Fair Company Kaiserslautern.

“Garden fair employees were longing for spring to come. In comparison to last year, the developing time of the tulips is about 14 days behind,” said Thomas Zinssmeister, garden fair manager.

Last week, with the better weather, work to finish several projects started again.

“We are renovating the Meuth’sche Turm (tower), so it will look good again for the World Cup year,” said Bernd Roser, garden fair deputy.

Sandstone fragments have to be renewed and secured. “Luckily, we have many volunteers helping during the last days before the opening,” he added.

At the moment, the exhibition, “Sharp stuff – the history of garden cutting tools,” is being put up in the slaughter-house, and the installation of the mammoth display with two new mammoths is starting.

***image2***The partnership gardens will be renewed and the aqua garden, which is a tunnel with fluorescent lights, will be decorated with new display fish and other sea animals made by local kindergarten children.

Other attractions are the flower garden, activity garden, culture garden, cactus garden and Japanese garden and dinosaur display.

“Seven flower displays will be created regarding the FIFA World Cup,” said Ms. Mühlberger.

In Neumühlepark, a newly created playground for toddlers is made of a 70 square meter sand play surface. A mini swing, mini slide and two seesaw animals have been installed. Besides other playgrounds, also for bigger children, a miniature golf court is available for the whole family.

The Kaiserslautern Garden Fair will offer about 450 events to include musical presentations, children’s programs, displays and markets.

The willow church on Kaiserberg again offers worship services at 11 a.m. Sundays and meditation or musical events at 6 p.m. Tuesdays. The “Green Class Room” provides information about nature, culture and the environment.

“We hope the following days temperatures go up so we can present our visitors a perfect area April 13,” said Mr. Zinssmeister.

Daily admission times are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The fair stays open until dusk.
Tickets cost €6 for adults and €3 for children. The evening tickets after 5 p.m. are half-price. Season tickets cost €40 for adults and €20 for children. For more information, visit, call 0631-7100700 or e-mail