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"Greetings from the 'blooming' Barnsley Garden"

Some members of the Verein Städtepartnerschaft in Gmünd have recently arranged to meet for a few snacks, a drink and a good ‘natter’ in the sunshine and nowhere is better than the Barnsley Garden. They send greetings and best wishes to their friends in Barnsley.

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Photos by Traute Schmidt

“The Garden is in great form and looking particularly colourful at the moment with the blooming of the Peonies,” says Dagi Glassenapp, who devotedly looks after the garden.“Whenever I was there, photographers came and sometimes it was as if they would have crawled into the blooms if they could. I think that this year every camera in Gmünd has taken the Peaonia blooms in the Barnsley garden.”

Groups of members have met several times for Tea and/or Champagne afternoons in the garden and some have arranged cosy and culinary breakfasts in the morning sun there.

“I think people have found it a little escape in fresh air and it provides a mentally smoothing atmosphere, in the current situation the garden has provided a real benefit to many. I have witnessed people there to relax, to have a break or even to have coffee or tea with one or two friends and as always in the early afternoons, there is a group of mums with their toddlers who love to crawl on and enjoy the grass” Dagi tells me.

Barnsley Garden is now so popular that a reservation has to be made if the Verein Städtepartnerschaft want to use it for activities on their own. As the saying in Germany goes…
Barnsley Garden is quite a „GeheimTip“ ie. the secret whisper or the in place to be.’

I also learned that we now have two gardeners, Dagi has a new gardener friend who used to be the community dentist in Gmünd, now retired. She also loves gardening and has volunteered to help. At this moment we do not know her name or any more about her, but send our grateful thanks to both her and Dagi for the time and work they devote to making our Barnsley Garden look so well and be so very popular with everyone in Gmünd.

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