The allotment garden award is organised in Vienna since 1998.
On August 29th was so organised for the 15th time the remittance of the allotment garden award. Many very creative projects were sent in concerning the subject: "The garden clock – my garden all over the year".
Additionally, there was this year a special category entitled: "My allotment all over the last 100 years". Awards were also granted for this subject. This special category was initiated because the Austrian allotment federation will celebrate its centennial in 2016.
During the official ceremony in the festival hall of the Vienna Town hall many allotment gardeners could enjoy this celebration both from a culinary and musical point of view.
This year the guests could again try self-made products (marmalades, schnapps, liquors) offered by the women's group of the Floridsdorf and Simmering allotment associations and many people used this delicious offer.
The winners of the allotment garden award are:
1. Place: Susanne Kristek, association Maulwurf
2. Place: Elisabeth & Martin Loidl, association Neue Wiese
2. Place: Brigitte Holub, association Rosental
3. Place: Martina Krüger, association Rosental
3. Place: Erna & Andreas Gadinger, association Rosenhügel
The purpose of the Fruit Experimental Station of the Central Federation of Allotment Gardeners in Austria is not only to find the "optimal allotment fruit tree" - such as the "family tree" on which three or more apple varieties are refined - depending on the preference of the family members. There are also new species, including rare and sometimes ancient varieties. We would like to introduce three of them here:
The White Winterkalvill comes from France and its first written mention is in 1598 in France, where it is known as the "Calville blanche d'hiver". In addition, there were many local names such as French quince apple, corner apple, strawberry apple or apple of paradise. Previously widespread, it is rare today because of its fussy location requirements. It blooms early and briefly and is therefore weather-sensitive. Only in warm spots and on the best soils can White Winterkalvill mature into a first-class eating apple. The variety is highly susceptible to a range of fungal diseases, in particular scab. But other pests also seem to appreciate the quality of this noble variety and therefore tend to seek it out.
The Styrian Schafsnase originated in 1800 as a chance seedling in Styria and was the favourite apple of Archduke Johann. It earned its name from its roller-shaped, highly built-conical fruit and was also called ox nose. It is usually yellow-orange and flame red in colour. The flesh is medium hard, very juicy, and soon tender and sour-sweet to the taste. The Schafsnase is (particularly) suitable as an eating apple as well as a cooking apple - an apple strudel made with the Styrian Schafsnase is a dessert fit for a king.
This yellow and spotted apple, reddened on the side facing the sun, with its sweet and sour taste and medium-sized fruit was first mentioned in 1700 and is a local variety of Upper Austria, which is nevertheless worth mentioning and acquiring. The apple has been used for making fruit wine and has a limited shelf life.
A trial orchard is run under the leadership of DI Peter Modl and Rudolf Unger, substitute president of the expert group of Vienna. In this educational garden different fruit sorts have been planted, respectively have been pruned on specific supports in order to get so called family trees. Several sorts of the same fruit have been pruned on those trees. This represents a certain advantage for the pollination and the buds.
Additionally, during cutting courses, the interested young expert advisers have learned how to cut the most diverse forms of trees. We also offer courses for winter, summer and green cutting of fruit trees within educational programms for expert advisers. The most important point is pruning.
This trial garden is situated in the Grädenerweg in the 21st district of Vienna. There you can find pear, apple, prune, mirabelle, peach and morello trees. In total there are 80 different kinds of fruit trees as well as berries and bushes.