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Rendez-vous aux jardins 2022: “Gardens and climate change”.

Designed to awaken the senses and to help everyone discover the variety and richness of gardens, the “Rendez-vous aux jardins” events highlight the art of gardening and gardening heritage. They underline their essential role in our well-being and our identity in both urban and rural areas.

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From 3 to 6 June 2022, Luxembourg is once again participating in the Rendez-vous aux jardins, launched in 2018 by HEREIN, a European network for information and cooperation on cultural heritage which brings together European public administrations responsible for national policies and strategies in the cultural heritage sector. In 2021, 21 countries responded to the call by opening 2,958 gardens to the public in Europe!

Call for project

 

The Ministry of Culture invites any public or private interested party to participate in this project and to open the doors of its park or garden for one or more days during the period June 3 to 6, 2022. The project aims to raise visitors’ awareness of the protection, conservation, maintenance, restoration, or creation of gardens as well as the transmission of knowledge and knowhow in a context of climate change.

The Ministry of Culture will promote the event through its website www.jardinsluxembourg.lu, the publication of a leaflet and promotion through social media. He will submit the agenda to the national press. Find the international agenda here https://rendezvousauxjardins.culture.gouv.fr/

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“Climate and Gardens”

Rising temperatures, falling water resources, climate change threatens the historical and traditional heritage of our gardens.

An alarming report

  • In Luxembourg, the temperature increased by 1.6° between the periods 1991-2020.
  • The seasons were warmest during the years 2002-2020.
  • Between 1990 and 2020, the average rainfall has steadily increase
  • The number of rainy days fell significantly in spring, increased slightly in winter and rose sharply in summer.
  • Over the period from 1991 to 2020, in Luxembourg, drought periods are increasing steadily.
  • The 10 hottest years ever recorded in Luxembourg all took place during the period 2002-2020. Over the past two years, many temperature records since meteorological readings in 1838 have been measured : 4° on March 31, 2021 in Clémency: 40.8° degrees in Steinsel on July 25, 2019. (Source: ASTA, Meteorological Service)

 

The consequences of this change directly affect our garden heritage:

  • drought, heat waves favor the massive appearance of native harmful organisms, allergens and invasive alien species
  • soil fertility is altered, its structure destabilized, erosion is faster
  • the supply of drinking water and floods rise new challenges,
  • the loss of biodiversity is progressing.

We will have to adapt the garden and gardening practices to the new situation…

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The 2022 edition of the Rendez-vous aux jardins raises awareness among the public not only of the diversity of our historical and contemporary garden heritage, public and private, but also to promote the best examples of conservation of this heritage in the face of climate change.

This event will make it possible to organize meetings, playful or educational exchanges between owners or professionals and amateurs of all ages, thanks to various activities.

 

The “transmission of knowledge around the garden and climate change” includes:

  • The transmission of historical, artistic or cultural knowledge of a park or garden;
  • Concerts, dance shows, public readings related to the natural heritage respectively to the site to be visited;
  • Awakening to the cultivation of medicinal plants;
  • The gastronomic experience based on fruits and vegetables from the garden;
  • Traditional and organic garden cultivation;
  • Learning about species and their geographical origins;
  • Best practices in the management of climate change: renaturation, monitoring of biodiversity, resilience of plantations, monitoring of soil erosion.