Stift Melk - UNESCO-Welterbe

Paradise Garden

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“The creation of a paradise garden has greatly enriched the abbey park. These last years, it has become the heart of the park grounds.” Father Martin Rotheneder

The Paradise Garden in the southeastern corner of Melk abbey park was designed in the year 2000 during the revitalization of the park: an exotic, Mediterranean garden space which was created in remembrance of the former orangery, with elements of a symbolic paradise garden.

Through a tunnel pergola guests reach the Place in Paradise, from where one path leads to the lower level, the Mediterranean Garden, and another to the Walafrid Strabo Garden.

The Mediterranean Garden presents itself in modern architecture. This area of the park references the abbey buildings. A steel strip with a Latin inscription indicates the central axis which connects Saint Coloman’s altar in the abbey church with the recently planted palm tree in the Mediterranean Garden. The inscription above Saint Coloman’s altar “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree” continues in the Mediterranean Garden with the inscription „May God keep you vigorous in eternal virtue, and may the palm tree of imperishable life shelter you”.

In the upper level guests can visit the Walafrid Strabo Garden where something fragrant, blossoming or healing is growing all year round. This paradise garden proper has been planted according to guidelines from the didactic poem “De cultura hortorum” by the Benedictine abbot Walafrid Strabo (abbot on Reichenau Island in the 9th century) and was complemented with plants which get along well with the main plants of each patch.