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  • For Peter Berg and his team, 2024 has been a very pleasing year so far. With innovative slope design and sustainable natural stone plant combinations, our team not only secured first place in the ‘TOP 100 Planners’ ranking, but also received an award in the ‘Gardens of the Year’ Award 2024 from Callwey Verlag.

    This means that we have won the four most important horticultural awards in the German-speaking world in just nine years. These include the Elca Green Award, the Gardens of the Year Award, the Oase Award and the Taspo Award, all of which recognise the outstanding work of garden designer Peter Berg.

    A striking example of the philosophy is the project for an urban garden in Bonn, which won the ‘Gardens of the Year’ award in 2024. This project illustrates how sustainable garden design and the preservation of old trees and shrubs can enhance urban spaces.

    Peter Berg’s natural and aesthetic garden design has established itself as a trademark – the ‘BergStyle’ – through the innovative use of natural stone. This style is characterised by the transformation of difficult slopes into impressive garden landscapes and unique plant-natural stone combinations.

    We are delighted to have received these important awards. It shows us that our philosophy and passion for sustainability, natural stone and the fusion of nature and design is being recognised.

    You can find more ‘BergStyle’ projects here

     


    Winning garden ‘Oasis Award’ in ‘BergStyle’

     

    Winning garden ‘Gardens of the Year 2023’, Peter Berg and Petra Pelz

     

    ‘Gardens of the Year 2024’ award

     


    Peter Berg’s own garden

    Our apprentices have done great this year, securing second and third place in the best graduations in NRW.

    What makes this achievement even more remarkable is the fact that our trainees supported each other in their learning. They formed a great team and motivated each other to do their best.

    We are proud to have such dedicated and talented apprentices in our company. They are a role model for others and show that hard work and team spirit can lead to great success.

    Congratulations to our apprentices on their outstanding achievements!

    We are excited about their future successes and will continue to support them so they can reach their full potential.

    Together with the expert for plant concepts, Petra Pelz, this wonderful exceptional project in Lower Saxony was created. “Pure and sustainable garden.”

    The garden is located in the Lower Saxony region of Hanover and is fascinating to us because the property has been 100% planted – including all roofs.

    We developed the concept for the corresponding stone structure, height staggering and the terrain modelling. The woody plants were selected together with our client for the respective situation. Petra Pelz used this template to enliven the area in her very special style. The planting was done by our team according to her specifications. A harmonious, natural overall concept of architecture and garden.

    Take a look at the beautiful garden now! To the project

    Modern companies now offer their employees a lot. From ergonomic seats to openspace offices with meeting lounges, a relaxation corner, a café bar, freely available drinks and fruit to a fitness studio – a good company boss cares about the well-being of his team. For some time now, however, the importance of “green” has been recognised here as well. Not the colour on the wall, but outside, around the building or in inner courtyards, in the form of a garden. Why is the topic of “company gardens” increasingly becoming the focus of companies? The renowned garden designer Peter Berg from Sinzig has himself recognised a few years ago that there is an enormous potential for companies in this area. In the following he names 10 good reasons for a company garden:

    1. the appreciation of the employees

    The creation of a green outdoor area shows the employee that the management really cares about what is good for the employees. Of course it’s an extra investment for the company, but it’s an absolutely worthwhile investment in employee well-being. This kind of appreciation is gratefully accepted.

    2. employee generation

    A company stands and falls with good employees. When selecting an employer, however, a potential employee also pays attention to various criteria. The work-life balance plays a central role today. A company garden, which allows the connection to nature and also reflects the appreciation of the employee, is a big plus. Perhaps a playground would still be an idea for the company’s own nursery, which is often the case with larger companies.

    3. employee satisfaction

    The possibility of spending time in the countryside during working hours has a relaxing effect and is an ideal balance to office space or work hall. Employee satisfaction increases, which in turn has a very positive effect on the general working atmosphere.

    4. increase in creativity

    Fresh air and the feeling of being in nature have been proven to stimulate creativity and performance. Pausing and conferencing in a well-designed outdoor area promotes the flow of ideas and interactions between employees. There are various possibilities for them to communicate together or to seek peace and quiet.

    5. productivity increase

    A relaxing and creativity-enhancing environment naturally also leads to an increase in productivity. A rather stressed employee, who is often under stress, can hardly work productively. Natural plants, daylight and oxygen have a calming and stimulating effect at the same time.

    6. reduction of sick days

    Many workers suffer from psychosocial stress at work, which often leads to illness and absenteeism. This is an unsatisfactory situation for employers and employees alike. Through the many positive effects of a company garden, this stress is reduced, the general well-being is increased and thus the number of sick days is significantly reduced.

    7. improvement of the microclimate

    Environmental pollution or heat often affect the climate in and around the company building. The professional use of plants, natural stone and/or possibly water is an ideal way to improve the microclimate. Plants absorb CO2 and filter fine dust. At the same time, they release oxygen, keep moisture in the soil and provide shade. Natural stone absorbs the heat of the day and stores it. If it is watered, the moisture evaporates and also contributes to the improvement of the microclimate.

    8. environmental awareness

    Sustainability and environmental awareness are topics that have been in the spotlight for some time now. The design of a garden impressively documents that a company takes up these issues and is aware of its responsibility in this respect. Apart from ist own surroundings, this measure also contributes to the greening of cities and makes them more liveable.

    9. green business card/image improvement

    The corporate philosophy plays a major role in its image cultivation. The external design of a company is now perceived just as much as the website or business equipment. An ecological imprint and sustainable action is credibly proven by a company garden. The first impression counts – with the customer, like with the potential coworker, and that is to represent the quality of the company and the products.

    10. increase of the real estate value

    Last but not least – a factor not to be underestimated is the influence of a professionally and aesthetically designed outdoor facility on the value of the property as a whole. Here, too, it makes a difference, of course, whether a picture is monotonous to the observer from the outside.

     

    These are certainly sufficient good reasons to think about this topic. In the meantime, there are outstanding examples worldwide of how garden designers have realized the importance of green for companies. Be it as an outdoor facility, patio, i.e. courtyard or roof garden, adapted to the architecture and philosophy of the company, the design is more formal or more natural. Even a large complex can be beautifully integrated into the surrounding landscape.

    A company garden is a wonderful opportunity to bring nature to the company and to use its powers.

     

    Read more in the current article by Peter Berg for Accelerate Academy

    The stage for the house – the front garden

    The front garden, designed with plants, is an optical highlight for every property, not only in the warm season. With a well-thought-out planting, this plot area becomes an effective presentation area. And this completely naturally and all year round. A combination of perennials, grasses and shrubs forms a perfect stage with added value, explains Peter Berg.

     

    Indicators of the seasons

    Of all the plants, trees and shrubs show us the seasons most clearly. They fulfil important functions at all times. Due to the lack of leaves, they let the full sun through in winter and show us their picturesque bark and structure. In spring their fresh green is a balm for our soul and lets us breathe a sigh of relief at their sight. “In summer they provide shade and reduce the ambient temperature. At the same time they store water and provide moisture,” explains the expert. With the use of mild autumn light and the reduction of photosynthesis, the leaves discolour. Now these power plants reward us with a fireworks display of colour that even surpasses the effect of perennials and grasses in summer.

     

    The slower the development, the more valuable the wood

    It is interesting to note that the slow-growing and particularly valuable woody plants also show special autumn colours. The family of the witch hazel family can be mentioned here as an example and dominates the front garden of Peter Berg. Two amber trees, an ironwood bush and a witch hazel stand here in a small area. This variety is completed by dogwood, girl’s pine and rock pear. “If you have the right shrubs and grasses in your front garden, you will be rewarded with a special fireworks display of colour in autumn,” enthuses the garden designer.

    Japanese maple in front garden absorbing sunlight
    View of a front garden with colorful plants and trees
    Deciduous trees, hedges and plants under a blue sky
    Stairs lead through the colourful front garden up to the house

    Take a look at this project with a living front garden! About the project

    This year’s German economic competition “Grand Prix of Medium-Sized Businesses”, organized by the Oskar Patzelt Foundation in Leipzig, has the motto “Sustainable management”.
    The non-prized competition has been held since 1994 and is taking place for the 25th time this year. Of the 5,399 previously nominated small and medium-sized companies, 758 made it to the second round on the so-called jury list and thus qualified for the jury’s decision. The company GartenLandschaft Berg from Sinzig-Westum is one of them.
    The motivation of sustainable management is firmly anchored in its corporate philosophy and contributes from the outset to the economic success of the gardening and landscaping business. In the last six years alone, long-lived grasses and shrubs have been planted on approx. 30,000 square metres. In addition approx. 12,000 to 15,000 shrubs and woody plants. This alone is an enormous contribution to species diversity in the insect and bird world.
    Peter Berg also attaches great importance to a high quality standard in all areas of the company: “As a small manufactory, we have always dealt with quality management. From Prof. Dr. Jörg Knoblauch, who has won the Ludwig-Ehrhard-Prize with his company Drillbox, we have learned to constantly work on improvement”, the managing director states.
    A total of 12 regional juries will decide in the coming weeks who will be honoured as a finalist, as a prizewinner or with a special prize. It remains exciting. But regardless of the outcome of the competition “Grand Prix of Medium-Sized Businesses” – GartenLandschaft Berg continues to devote all its passion to the topic of sustainability and the connection between man and nature in aesthetic design.

    …is the citeria, which most garden owners or those, who want to become one, value highly. Whoever has the opportunity here in Germany wants to own a piece of nature, to enjoy a place “outside”. But it should not do any work, since one would like to recover after the deed is done. But in England this is different. People there love gardening and can obviously relax by caring for their beds and cutting their roses. “In this country the value of gardening as a balance to everyday life is still too little recognised”, garden designer Peter Berg has observed.

    A garden is a piece of living nature that cannot do without a certain amount of care. An easy-care design is possible, as Peter Berg has already shown in countless projects, but never a carefree one. “It is always a pity when customers are given false promises,” explains Berg. Even on surfaces that have been covered with foil and gravel, nature manages to reconquer them after not too long. Wild herbs are always brought in from the surrounding land or landscape and blossom. Attempts to remove them here often end with the destruction of the foil. Berg recommends gravel surfaces – then with an underlying gravel layer – only for parking spaces or garage entrances.

    Blooming gardens are much more pleasing to the eye, but require a well thought-out concept. If you work sustainably, with long-lasting shrubs and grasses and clear separation of different areas by walls or borders, you get a functioning garden. Generously sized grass-perennial areas have a major maintenance advantage over small lawns. Once a year they are cut down and a little weed plucked in between. The laborious weekly mowing does not take place.

    A further aspect of the easy-care design is the slowly growing large trees and shrubs. They cover large areas, provide shade and even become more valuable over time. Explosively growing woody plants are not advisable, as the maintenance effort is often considerably higher. The correct location as well as a professional cut are to be considered absolutely. Otherwise the woody plants will grow back uncontrollably.

    In order to keep the expenditure low two things are important. Pluck weeds before it sprouts and trim hedges once or twice a year and cut trees. “It’s all a matter of adjustment,” says Berg. “I’d rather spend two hours in the garden than one hour in the gym.” A statement worth thinking about.

    Let yourself be inspired by our loving private garden projects!

    One topic that is now becoming increasingly important is the so-called “forest bathing”. This means consciously staying in the forest in order to specifically influence health and mind. In Japan, this has been scientifically investigated for decades. Research has shown that “Shinrin Yoku” or “Forest Therapy” has a positive influence on stress factors, the immune system up to slowed tumor growth.

    In Germany, people are now led into the forest in groups as well. The aim is to absorb nature with all our senses. To feel the power of a tree and the calm that it emmits or to listen to the sound of a stream. The essential oils produced by the trees, the terpenes, cause the increased production of white blood cells in our body. Germs and cancer cells are combated. Fungal spores and soil bacteria, which are absorbed via the air, additionally strengthen our immune system.

    A good approach. But who has the possibility to go for a walk in the forest every day as advised? This is where your own garden comes into play. “Gardens are retreats in an increasingly hectic world,” notes Peter Berg. After an exhausting everyday life, you long for peace and relaxation. A place in the house’s own green is ideal. Properly laid out, the garden is a real alternative to the forest. The right colour concept is important for the design. “My colour design is based on the colours that are most frequently given by nature,” explains Berg. Green in combination with the colours of the sky – white, grey, blue – give the eye oft he beholder the most peace of mind. A harmonious overall picture can only be captured if strong contrasts are avoided.

    If the design is supplemented by skilfully used woody plants you have a natural shade dispenser at the resting place as well as the calming and invigorating effect of the trees. If there is still the possibility of a flowing or splashing water element, nothing stands in the way of deep relaxation.

    Let yourself be inspired, for example by this wonderful private garden on the Moselle.

    Yesterday a delegation from the company Arteza Landscape Design from Moscow visited the garden designer Peter Berg. Together with some colleagues and the director of Arteza, Dimitriy Onishchenko, as well as Mrs. Knack from the Lappen tree nursery (who were also the tree sponsor for the Arp Museum), Peter Berg’s private garden was first paid a visit before we proceeded to the Arp Museum. The subject of gardens is generally very topical in Russia, and in Moscow in particular. Investments are not only being made in private gardens but also in urban greenery, and Arteza is leading in this sector in Moscow. Peter Berg reported that they were able to use the time for a very refreshing and interesting exchange.

    The gardener and philosopher Karl Foerster described them as “grasses are the hair of Mother Earth” and they are gaining increasing levels of influence in the design of new gardens. Not only is their innate lightness impressive, but in addition, their many possible uses are an absolute enrichment for every plantation. “They bring a fourth dimension to gardens. In even the lightest wind they clearly show movement,” explains garden designer Peter Berg. They create the connection of the garden with the landscape.

    Cutting at the right time
    Both the selection of grasses – some spread wildly or sprout underground – and the right cutting time are essential. According to Peter Berg, pruning should take place “preferably in springtime shortly before the budding, a hand’s width above the ground”. Soon fresh green sprouts out, growing into filigree stalks in spring. In summer, inconspicuous grass might well reward with a flowering splendour. And even in autumn and winter these plants have their very own charm; adorned with frost or snow or delicately illuminated by the rays of the winter sun.

    The right combination makes the difference!
    The selection of grass varieties should absolutely depend on the conditions of the garden. Is the location dry, humid, sunny or half in shadow? How much space does the grass need, does it grow upright or does it arch to the side? The surrounding planting is also of importance. The combination of spring onions and grasses is particularly recommended, as they already provide an attractive garden bed in spring. “Small, simple wild forms should be given preference over large-flowered tulips and daffodils,” says Peter Berg.

    Early weeding
    Unwanted plant species have plenty of space to spread on uncovered soil. Some are carried in by the wind, others already slumber in the ground. Peter Berg therefore advises early weeding, especially when planting new plants, in order to prevent strong seed production and thus wild growth from the outset. Because once the weeds have blossomed, they quickly seed themselves in the bed and begin to dominate.

    Allow Peter Berg’s “company garden” for “Arendberg Monastery” to inspire you: Arendberg Monastery