18th – 21st May, 2018. 10am – 6pm
Great Orangery Schlosspark
Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria.
Citrus fruits are complex, endlessly fascinating and so useful in the kitchen. Around the world they are a staple ingredient to homecooks and chefs and have botantists asking questions such as: is the kumquat a sister of the orange or a distant cousin? Do sweet and bitter oranges share the same heritage?
To consider and answer these and other burning lemony issues, the Austrian Horticultural Society organises an annual citrus festival in the historical orangery of one of Vienna’s finest palaces, Schönbrunn. This year’s event is planned for the weekend around May 18th.
The 500-plant citrus collection, including some plants first grown nearly 180 years ago, are owned by the state and managed through the Austrian Federal Gardens agency, the Bundesgarten. This year’s show is dedicated to botanical peculiarities of the genus Citrus and hopes to help clarify some of the many complicated relationships that define this species.
Citrus growers from the Austrian Federal Gardens will be on hand to share growing advice, while loads of cookery, gardening and garden art books and magazines will be on sale and of courses there’ll be plenty of tastings and cooking demos.
Schönbrunn Palace Orangery was commissioned by the widowed Empress Wilhelmine Amalie in the mid-1750s to overwinter her bitter orange Seville plants. A contemporary print held by the city’s Albertina Museum shows the unique structure of this garden, with 344 orange plants arranged in an eight-fold arrangement around a fountain. The number eight was a mysterious and esoteric number at the time.
The Orangery includes a separate Cedrat House to the east where especially sensitive citrus fruit tress are housed. The Orangery boasts under floor heating which has warming the delicate plants for over 250 years, particularly through the often bitterly cold weather of the winter months.
See you there!
Visit Austrian Horticultural Society for more information about this fascinating event.