clinic On the weekend of August 6 and 7, Kleo Montforts re-opens its private garden to the public. The nursery master brought many plants from his travels around the world, especially ferns and hostas.
This time has come again on Saturday, August 6, and Sunday, August 7. From 10:00 to 18:00 Kleo Montforts will open its kingdom to anyone interested. This year’s Day of Open Gardens under the slogan “With plants all over the world”. The park-like facility is located on a former farm that has been owned by the family for four generations. It is characterized by flowering plants in pots, a large hosta collection and many rare tree ferns. Kleo Montforts collected most fern plants as seedlings during his travels around the world and grew them himself.
“I always travel in January when our climate is cold and my plants are in ‘hibernation’,” he says. In addition to a variety of heated greenhouses where frost-sensitive plants need light throughout the winter, he owns a converted potato cellar where leafless plants that can tolerate the dark spend the winter at 4 to 5 degrees Celsius. Another large greenhouse serves as winter quarters for the tree farms. Kleo Montforts has just built a new, smaller greenhouse to grow its ferns. He proudly shows some of his fern crops, which seem quite small to the viewer, with a height of 10 to 15 centimeters, but are already three years old. “You have to be patient when growing plants, and not every cultivation is successful,” says the expert.
“My collection of plants focuses on ferns from all over the world.” Its garden includes tree ferns from Indonesia, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Hawaii and Madeira. “My favorite travel destinations are the Indonesian islands of Bali and Sumatra with their lush jungle vegetation. The Canary Islands, for example, tend to fall into the background and appear rare at times. ‘ South American ferns are also part of his collection. In total, he has planted over 50 types of ferns in his garden, some of which are as large as trees and several meters high. Guests from all over Germany come to the Open Garden Day. “At one of the last events in my garden there was even an entire bus of visitors from Amsterdam,” says Kleo Montforts.
The trained master forestry nursery is also proud of its host collection. There are over 180 different types of hosta in pots in his garden. They create a sea of colors that creates an effect thanks to the different colors white, green and yellow. Of course, the usual native plants such as hydrangeas, lilies and fuchsia should also be present. His garden is designed to avoid straight lines. Curved paths lead through the greenery.
It is important to Kleo Montforts that you do not see everything at a glance. There is always a new surprise around the next corner. and allows visitors to admire the diverse and lush flora of its garden. But it’s not just the plants that excite him. At the rear of his garden is a game reserve with rhea, Canadian geese and exotic chickens. He currently breeds three swans.
Anyone who has seen the garden and the many buckets will wonder how it is all watered, especially given the current drought. “Every morning I walk around the garden for two hours with a hose and water all potted and drought-sensitive plants.” Does he also have a tip for garden owners? “Extreme drought drives many plants to the brink of endurance. Many no longer have reserves. The soil is now so dry that it cannot absorb the first watering right away. The soil should be watered slowly at first, and then watered thoroughly several times when it is slightly moist. With quick watering, the water usually runs off the surface and is not useful for the plants. ” Therefore, Kleo Montforts recommends turning the two irrigation runes. A bowl of water should also be provided for free-living animals when it is dry. “Targeted and correct watering helps plants and us,” says the expert.
In preparation for the Open Garden Day, the gardener passionately plans to label his plants with country names, German names and botanical names. In addition to plants and animals, this year will also feature various hobby artists with special art items and decorations, paintings, carpentry, pottery for the home and garden, and a beekeeper from the beekeepers association – so it’s worth a visit. Small snacks are also offered.