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best private plots – Die besten Gärten 2012

Jury Members

  • Stig L. Andersson (DK)
  • Franziska Bark Hagen (CH)
  • Teresa Moller (CL)
  • Vladimir Sitta (CZ/AU)
  • Tom Stuart-Smith (GB) 

First prize Euro 7,000

Second prize Euro 5,000

Third prize Euro 3,000


Deadline for Entry: Entries must be received by June 4, 2012.
Nominations: from July 10, 2012
Final Jury: September 28, 2012
Award Ceremony: September 29, 2012

Essl Museum

Essl Museum
Foto: © Frank Garzarolli

Exhibition of the nominated projects on September 29, 2012 at Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria

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Gardens, to me, mean variety and space close to nature, and joie de vivre for all generations

Wolfgang Sobotka, Lower Austria deputy governor

The international competition best private plots – Die besten Gärten 2012 is the fifth in the series. The award honors exceptional achievements in the design of sustainable private outdoor spaces and gardens.

The competition highlights gardens as a contemporary dialogue between architecture, ecology and landscape, as places of inspiration and creation, as habitats that tell stories. The award criteria include artistic and conceptual quality, ecological use of plants and materials, delimitation and organization of outdoor space. A focus lies on variety of uses and sustainability.
The outdoor spaces must be clearly identifiable as intended for private residence and use, and must have been created no more than ten years ago. Awards are given in recognition of newly designed gardens or of redesign of existing gardens.

The competition is open and international. Landscape architects, architects, artists, gardeners, garden owners and combinations thereof from all countries are eligible.

Nominations online from July 10, 2012 

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Award Ceremony:

best private plots – Die besten Gärten 2012
September 29, 2010, 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm, conferred by
Lower Austria deputy governor Wolfgang Sobotka
Essl Museum, An der Donau-Au 1, 3400 Klosterneuburg, Austria

Moderated by: Mercedes Echerer


Submitting Questions

Questions regarding the competition may be sent to through May 3. The responses will be posted on this website in the FAQ Section by May 10.

The deadline for submitting documents is June 4, 2012. The documents must be uploaded to the server and received by the competition management office by 12.00 (noon) CET.

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