In Search of the German Champion Team

The skills competition is a highlight at GaLaBau: The Germany-wide competition for the Landscape Gardener Cup takes place for the fourth time at the exhibition and the best trainees from the 12 state associations show the skills acquired during their training. The winners of the competition will take part in the World Championship in Canada in 2009.

At the seventh nationwide competition, young landscape gardeners meet to prove their professional skills in hall 2 of GaLaBau in Nürnberg on Thursday and Friday, 18-19 September. The best landscape gardener teams from the states line up at this two-day competition to determine the "German Champion Team". Each team consists of two prospective landscape gardeners, who will complete a landscape project on an area of 4 x 4 m in the two days. The winning team qualifies for the World Championship in Calgary (Canada) in 2009.

A total of 12 teams – one from each state association – compete against each other in Nürnberg. The task: to convert a nondescript area of 4 x 4 m into a small garden. The instructions for the teams are: make a wooden deck, build a dry wall of sandstone, lay natural stone paving in a random pattern and plant shrubs and trees – all jobs that reflect the broad spectrum of training for a landscape gardener.

The competition demands many landscaping skills – and steady nerves as well, as visitors and the jury constantly watch the young contestants in action. Besides creating the garden, work organization, teamwork, handling the material, safety and cleanliness play a major role in the judging. The materials for the construction of the 12 gardens are provided by sponsors, most of whom also exhibit at GaLaBau.

The winners will be presented with the cup at the "GaLaBau-Nach(t)tisch", a social get-together on the BGL stand 6-101 in hall 6 on 19 September 2008, starting at 6 p.m.

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