An idea becomes reality

The Reformation that Martin Luther started in Wittenberg spread worldwide. The upcoming Reformation anniversary celebration will effectively bring out this aspect in the town of Wittenberg. In preparation for the 500-year Reformation celebration, the Luthergarten will emerge in different locations on town grounds until 2017.

Luthergarten Andreasbreite

The initial site for the Luthergarten is in the ramparts at the Andreasbreite. Since November 1, 2009, 292 trees have been planted there. At the center of the elliptical garden is a space in the shape of a Luther rose. Between the petals of the Luther Rose, five linden trees have been planted by worldwide Christian communions. From that central place, seven paths symbolically lead into the world. A main path, lined with a row of linden trees, traces a heavenly bow through the garden. On the other avenues, different tree species from five continents are consciously mixed, emphasizing the international character of the project. Between these avenues are meadows with scattered local fruit trees, planted more randomly in contrast to the orderly avenues.

Here are located the trees number 1 – 292.
A detailed list of trees and sponsors can be found in “List of all trees”

Luthergarten New Town Hall

The second site for the Luthergarten, with 106 trees, is in the ramparts next to the New Town Hall. The present form of this area reflects the city's history since the conversion of the fortress at the beginning of the 19th century. An area that for long time was used for military purposes is now completely converted by the inclusion of the Luthergarten project. Green spaces are created in the overall structure of the ramparts, where a circular route connects different portions of the Luthergarten within walking distance. A path lined by Silver Linden trees spans the entire space. Later, a Luther rose will be embedded in the ground at the intersection of two tree avenues.

Here are located the trees number 293 – 398.
A detailed list of trees and sponsors can be found in “List of all trees”


Luthergarten at Luther House

The third site of the Luthergarten, with 102 trees, is at the Eastern entry to the historic city center between Luther Oak and Luther House. Shaped is this part of the Luthergarten by Silver Linden trees on both sides of the street and by additional woody plants which give the old university park a new structured look. Close to the Luther House and the former university visitors get in the right mood for the special atmosphere of Luther’s town. This site is part of the overall structure of the former ramparts, where a circular route connects the three parts of the Luthergarten within walking distance. With these trees the goal of 500 trees within the project Luthergarten will be reached. The total number stands for the 500 years of Reformation (1517 – 2017).

In this part of the Luthergarten you can find the tree numbers 399 – 500.
A detailed list of trees and sponsors can be found in “List of all trees”.

How the Luthergarten Andreasbreite is developing until 2017 you can learn here: “The garden grows".

Zentrum Luthergarten

Next plantings:

Sept 8 Diocese of Tampere, Finland
Sept 10 Ev. Luth. Congregation Dresden-Loschwitz, Germany
Sept 12 Ev. Congregation Königstein, Ev. and Cath. Congregations in Ötigheim, Germany
Sept 16 Catholic Fellowship Chemin Neuf, France
Sept 16 Church District Westliche Seineschleife, France
Sept 16 Ev.-Luth. Congregation in Königstein-Papstdorf, Germany
Sept 17 Ev.. Congregation in Weinsberg, Germany
Sept 22 Ev. Luth. Congreation Bonifatius in Celle Klein-Hehlen, Germany
Sept 23 Ev. Luth. Congregation in Schirnding and Hohenberg, Germany
Sept 28 Diocese Linköping, Sweden
Sept 28 Luth. Church of the Palms, Palm Harbor, FL, USA
Oct     22 Ev. Studient Community, Halle/Saale, Germany
Oct     22 Living Faith Church, Port St. Lucie, FL, USA
Oct     26 Rocky Mountains Synod, ELCA, USA
Oct     26 St. Paul Reformation Church, Minnesota, USA
Nov    01 South Carolina Synod, ELCA, USA
Nov    01 Trinity Luth. Church in Lehighton, PA, USA

Luthergarten Schlosskirche

Each euro allows the Luthergarten to grow!

It is not possible for all churches to raise the entire amount for the tree planting. But we do not want to exclude any church, particularly in this worldwide and ecumenical project. With your donation, you can help these churches to participate in the unique project Luthergarten.

Bank details:
Account holder: VELKD/LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg
IBAN: DE75 8006 3598 0000 4556 87
Bank:   Volksbank Wittenberg eG
            Collegienstraße 12
            06886 Lutherstadt
Purpose: tree planting WB + your name and address