A clean affair

A clean affair

Roses have thorns – not thorns. And if you stick your nose too deep into a lily, you'll get yellow stains on it afterwards. The "minigartners" learned a lot again that day. Dieter scheffler and his colleagues buried the boys and girls on the garden show grounds in wurzburg, germany.

Where rusty airplanes used to be parked, there are now blooming roses. The former aircraft hangar of the u.S. Has become the flower hall of the state horticultural show in wurzburg, germany. Gartnermeister dieter scheffler is the coordinator and manager of the hall. He buried the mini-partners, led them through the exhibition and then into a workroom that is normally reserved for the closest employees, but on this day was also accessible to the boys and girls. After all, they had an important job to do. But first there was information from the pros.

"Each flower has four to six names," scheffler explained to the children, and they were amazed at the wide selection of flowers of all different sizes and colors in the hall. "Allium smells like onions," said dieter scheffler – and of course the mini-partners stuck their noses in right away.

Roses are not only already, but also diverse. Wild roses grow as shrubs, cultivated roses have filled bleeds. From the bleeds of some roses, the strong-smelling rose oil can be extracted, which is used, for example, to make perfume.

You also need rose water to make marzipan. And if you cook rose petals in a sugar solution, you can even eat them as dessert.

In the workroom, everything was already prepared for the task: each child was allowed to put together a colorful flower arrangement according to his or her own taste.

"Now all we have to do is clean up. This is also part of it." dieter scheffler, master florist

The flower arrangements were the eye-catcher for the official opening of the hall on the same evening. Under the guidance of dieter scheffler, waltraud maisch and steffen stummhofer, the mini-gardeners demonstrated their creativity. First they cleaned the styles – "so that no bacteria get into the water", as master florist maisch explained.

Then they created colorful arrangements out of lilac, goldenrod, lowenmaulchen, bellflowers, shepherd's purse and other flowers. "Work slowly," advised maisch. "Take a close look at your flower arrangements." where else could a flower fit? Which color goes with which? And what to do when the arrangement is a little wobbly? The mini-partners received lots of tips and, at the end of their creative work, an order that all mothers and fathers can only support: "now we have to clean up," said dieter scheffler. "That's also part of it."

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