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German Garden Book Award

Actual documents for the year 2016

The submission of books is entirely straightforward. We need six copies of your book for the jury of 2016.

Like in the previous years, the most beautiful garden books will be awarded in the following categories:

"Best Guides"
"Best book"
"Best on garden history book"
"Best Garden Guide"
"Best garden or plants Portrait"
"Best book in garden poetry or prose"
New! "Best Garden Book for Children & Youth"

In one of these categories, you must arrange your book yourself and inform us about the category. However
under certain circumstances the jury reserves the right books to be assigned after consultation with the publisher of a different category.

Since 2013 our sponsor Stihl has invented a special prize which will award books for exceptional performance and is endowed with € 5,000. This is not a regular category, were publishers or authors may apply. Many more will be selected by the jury individually from the total mass of all books, submitted by this price.

This year there will be two other special prizes of Stihl in a category of € 2,000 and € 3,000.

Furthermore there is the Reader's Choice Award with "My beautiful garden" from the Burda publishing house.

Requirements for book submission:

The book must have been published in Germany in 2015 or 2016 Editions of older works must have been approved in 2014, which will provided that the book has not yet been awarded.

The Jury of the German Garden Book Award 2016:

  • Dr. Klaus Beckschulte (CEO of Börsenverein Bayern)
  • Katharina von Ehren (International Tree Broker GmbH)
  • Jens Haentzschel ( MDR Garten - greengrass media )
  • Andrea Kögel (Burda-director of the editorial staff for für „Mein schöner Garten“, „GartenTräume“, etc.)
  • Jens Spanjer (President DGGL Deutschland)
  • Dr. Rüdiger Stihl (Member of the der STIHL Holding AG & Co. KG)
  • Robert Freiherr von Süsskind (Gardener)
  • Christian von Zittwitz (Herausgeber BuchMarkt)


Castle Dennenlohe was built in 1734 with all its outbuildings and is considered one of the most beautiful baroque ensembles in Bavaria. The castle is surrounded by the largest park in southern Germany and Rhododendron by 25 hectares of landscaped gardens.

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