A Viennese Paradise at the Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts

Anton Hartinger was a Viennese flower painter of the 19th century.  Until 26 August 2018 you can see a (small) selection of his many flower and plant illustrations at the Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts.  Hartinger was a prolific painter, he produced almost 900 botanical illustrations.  On view here are some watercolor paintingsContinue reading “A Viennese Paradise at the Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts”

Call of the wild: biodiversity days in Vienna

In a couple of days, it´s time to visit Lainzer Tiergarten.   On 8 and 9 June this lovely forest park in Vienna´s West will be hosting the 17th Vienna Biodiversity Day.  This event  is co-organized by the Vienna Environmental Protection Department (MA 22) as a contribution to the “GEO Day of Biodiversity“. (Actually, theyContinue reading “Call of the wild: biodiversity days in Vienna”

I (never) promised you a rose garden

But here it is…   Spring sprang fast this year.  Before we knew it, the lilac bloom came and went.  But there is compensation:  an explosion of colorful roses all around Vienna.  This merry month of May, which at times feels like summer, seemingly everywhere your eye roams it is met by exuberant red, pink, whiteContinue reading “I (never) promised you a rose garden”

Grow your own: gardening fun in the city

The garden season is definitely upon us in Vienna.  Not only is everything blooming at the same time, we are experiencing crazy summer  temperatures in April, and the fresh meadows are already full of wildflowers.  I love being in green spaces, whether it is a garden, a park, or the woods.  Growing at least someContinue reading “Grow your own: gardening fun in the city”