Dahlia Garden

From Stadtwiki Baden-Baden

Dahlia Garden
The Dahlia Garden is located in the Lichtentaler Allee. In spring tulips and in the late summer dahlias are blooming here.

Contact Data

Website [ Official Website]

Type Garden

Creator Walter Rieger
Date of Construction 1967

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The Dahlia Garden is situated in the southeastern part of the Lichtentaler Allee close to the mansion Palais Biron and not far away from the Monastery Lichtenthal. The season starts in spring with the tulips bloom. In the late summer from August onwards around 1800 dahlias are blooming and attract with their colorfulness thousands of visitors. During the main flowering season the professional gardeners are supported by 20 enthusiastic volunteers. Without generous private donations the Dahlia Garden couldn't exist. The support association Verein der Freunde des Dahliengartens e.V. collects donations and organizes events.


In 1967, the garden director Walter Rieger created a first dahlia garden in the Lichtentaler Allee. Back then over 3000 dahlias were planted in 92 beds. The dahlias were provided by the German dahlia and gladiolus association (Deutsche Dahlien-Gladiolengesellschaft). On 13 August 1967 the president of this association opened together with Mayor Fritz Wurz and Walter Rieger the first dahlia presentation. Riegers successor, Bernd Weigel, maintained this tradition, but had to stop the planting in 2003 and 2004 due to financial reasons. Citizens of Baden-Baden around Edelgard and Dr. Hermann Späth reacted to this situation by collecting private donations and revive the garden. The campaign resulted in the foundation of the association Verein der Freunde des Dahliengartens e.V., which continues to ensure the existence of the garden through donations and membership fees.