The Luther-Garten in Wittenberg
500 Trees for 500 Years of Reformation
The Luthergarten is a very special project that, with reference to the Luther-Decade, is set to be implemented in Lutherstadt Wittenberg by 2017. As part of the ineteractive and landscaping project 500 trees in total from all around the world are going to be plantedat the inner-city ramparts.
The leading thought behind the project is the follwoing phrase ascribed to Martin Luther: "Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would got to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree today".
Tree sponsorships due to the Ecumenical Concept
The planted trees represent the 500 years of Reformation. At the same time, they can be seen as a symbol of solidarity, connectedness and reconciliation of the churches worldwide since the project's initiators, the Lutheran World Federation in Geneva, the National Committee of the Lutheran World Federation, The United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany as well as the city of Wittenberg, have called upon the churches from all around the world and of all confessions to take part in planting the trees.
In the course of taking sponsorship of a tree you are going to plant one yourself at your hometown church. The concept based on partnership is an expression of Luther's bullish attitude on the one hand and an incentive for transnational dialogue between the denominations on the other.
Luther Rose at the Center of the Garden
According to the plans of the landscape architect Andreas Kipar, the Luthergarten will be laid out in the shape of an oval in which 270 trees will be planted. Another 230 trees will be planted in the ramparts of Wittenberg.
There is going to be set out a square in the form of a Luther seal (Luther rose) at the center of the garden. At its focal point, there will be a cross wainscotted with travertine tile. Since the laying of the first stone on September 20 in 2008, visitors can observe on site the formation process of the park.